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  1. With very little else to do for at least 4 weeks, I thought I might document my system for creating OG strips. I haven't read on the topic since last year, I hope what i do isn't out of date? But they have worked very successfully for me. I have created this method as a small hobbyist, which I hope that other beekeepers with only a few hives can get their head around and follow. I've taken some pics to help with the process. Firstly, i have my own crappy old sewing machine, pretty important. I use Proform Gib tape from Bunnings, 2 1/16 wide, $7 odd. There's lots of little tips that go along wi
  2. Hi Everyone, I'm James from Hivesite, a startup company based in Auckland and Horotiu (where our test apiary is located). We have been researching and developing a solution to treat varroa mite using thermal treatment inside beehives with autonomous control and monitoring. Our solution is designed to be suitable for all beekeepers from hobbyists to commercial, our key differentiation from products already on the market is the ability to quickly install with existing Langstroth hives, then leave the solar and battery powered lid (1 per 4 hives) to perform the 1-2hr treatments up to
  3. This article was originally published in 2015 Everybody needs to look over the fence once in a while, especially beekeepers. Something that caught my eye recently was a study looking at weeds and glyphosate resistance, a study which itself took a glance over the palings at antibiotic resistance in hospitals. Resistance is not a phenomenon unique to beekeeping, it is universal and, at its simplest, just about how organisms adapt and evolve in their environment. From our point of view, when we think about resistance, the aspect that concerns us most often is varroa mites
  4. You should look at the research being done by Paul Stamels at Washington State Uni with Fungi and non chemical treatment of Varroa and other illnesses.
  5. PhD research shows Varroa are Werewolves not ? Take a look
  6. There are several formic acid dispensers in the market, but they don't seem to be very popular. There may be several reasons for that, including that beekeepers are not to keen to be playing with formic acid and release of formic acid varies with weather. What I haven't seen in the market is oxalic acid dispensers that allow for a long-term applicaton of oxalic acid over a period of 4-6 weeks (not talking about the one-off vaporisers where one needs to come back weekly unless the hive is going through broodless period). Would a long-term treatment of oxalic acid delivered with a
  7. Hi team. I purchased a nuc 5 days ago. They have an autum queen and everything seems good. They were treated for varroa with bayverol which was removed the day I purchased them (not sure when it was applied). I have fed them 2 liters of sugar syrup (1:1) in a frame feeder. I have attached a photo of the hive. My questions are: 1. After 3 days they haven’t made a dent in the syrup. How quickly would you expense a new hive (5 frames) of bees go through syrup? Do I keep the feed toped up? 2. Do I need to do anything else regarding varroa treatment at the moment?
  8. Hey guys, I’ve got two hives and both have apivar strips in them until 28th of October. My question is if it’s a good idea to do an alcohol wash after treatment strips are removed to check mite levels? And if I’m not happy can I put in bayvarol strips for a number of weeks until beginning of December? Is it ok to run one strip of apivar and one strip bayvarol in a hive for spring treatment?
  9. Hello. Someone used wormwood tincture for the prevention and treatment of nosematosis and varroa? What do you think about using tinctures in beekeeping? In Ukraine, beekeepers often use wormwood. The ancient doctor Avicenna called wormwood "a panacea for all diseases". Wormwood is considered a poisonous plant, but all medicines are also poisonous in a certain concentration. In Ukraine, beekeepers often use wormwood tincture for the prevention and treatment of nosematosis and varroa. Tincture of wormwood has a normalizing effect on the digestive system, metabolism, eliminate
  10. I did a sugar shake test on my hives yesterday and one of them had a varroa count of 10, but the sample probably had around 400 bees in it. That seems a bit high for this time of the year, but 'Practical beekeeping in NZ' says treat if there are 40 or more, and 'Control of Varroa' has a threshold of 65 mites. What do other people use as a threshold? I could treat now as this hive was split and is rebuilding at the moment, but am unsure if it is necessary.
  11. Hi Team, I've been watching various treatment threats in Diseases & Pests, and I have one question of Beginners. I'm using OA with good success. But my question regards adding MAQS to the regime. I understand the MAQS/Formic acid is a different action and can attack varroa in the brood comb and not so much the varroa on the bees (phoretic) I've seen it's temperature and volume restrictions and the needs for a strong well fed hive. But it says "leave the hive undisturbed for 7days". Now that clearly means, no inspections... no big deal. But does it mean, no concurrent OA
  12. Hi all. I have a single brood box langstroth hive with plenty of bees and about a frame of brood. It has had varroa treatment (apistan strips x2 correctly positioned in the brood box) it's been in for five of the six weeks. There is evidence of deformed wing virus (12 bees) and looking harder with my reading glasses on, I could see varroa mites on some of the bees. As an emergency measure I replaced the strips with fresh ones from my beebox for the final week of treatment but it looks like this may be grasping at straws. Does anybody have experience of this situation and have any sugg
  13. Hi again Beeks, I received my first ever nucs two days ago, on the day I received them I transferred them to there new brood boxes. Yesterday I left them alone to give them some time to recover. Today a friend of my helped me mark the queens. While in the hives we saw a few things that concerned us, could all you experts out there have a look at the following photos and let me know how serious you think they are? I didn't get a good photo of it, but we also noticed a fair number of the bees have deformed or clipped wings.
  14. I opened one of my hives yesterday to find it was basically empty! (I did some experiments on the dozen odd bees that remained and none of them appear to be capable of flying). So I assume the hive swarmed and the non flyers got left behind. The hive definitely did not have AFB/Sack Brood or foul brood. (I got it inspected by a respected member of my local club). It was suffering from a high Varroa population - so I can only assume they swarmed because the Varroa numbers became unmanageable. I had fitted Bayvarol strips a week earlier, but it must have been to little to late. A
  15. I lost a queen earlier this year in one of my hive, either she left or more likely a clumsy beginner (me) killed her by accident. The hive built a number of queen cells and on advice from a beekeeper I removed all except one. Last week the cell was gone and tomorrow I will be checking for eggs to see if the queen was successful. As there is no sealed brood in the hive I was wondering if this was a good time to do a varooa treatment with ApiGuard?, all the varroa would be exposed meaning that one treatment might do the trick. Or should I go with 2 treatments as per the instructions. Or is a t
  16. Does it make sense to treat a newly caught swarm for varroa before any brood is capped? My thinking is that a varroa treatment will significantly reduce any varroa on the adult bees before the varroa gets a chance to start breeding in capped brood cells.
  17. I found this interesting article online earlier today, and I thought there might be other Bee and Beer lovers that will appreciate the idea that drinking beer could help save the honeybees: Could Beer Save The Honeybees?
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