Treating the Hive for Mites

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Treating the Hive for Mites

Since it’s spring and I just finished treating hives for the mites that carry viruses that kill off our honey bees, I thought folks would like a little educational piece on what we’re fighting as beekeepers.

Here are pictures of what the mite looks like on the bees, on the larvae/pupae in the cells as they’re growing and a bottom board survey I did in December after a treatment.

The last picture is of a bee that survived the process of growing up with the mite in its cell, but was affected by the viruses that the mite carries and transmits to the bee – this one has DWV (Deformed Wing Virus) and will not live long… 

 

By |2018-05-07T01:58:35+00:00April 26th, 2018|Educational, Hive Maintenance, Veterinary|Comments Off on Treating the Hive for Mites

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