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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – 11th July 2018

Now is a prudent time to start monitoring colony mite populations. If you want to get an idea of the size of the problem in your colonies this link takes you to the calculator on their site.

If inserting a varroa tray, I would suggest not inserting it fully to ensure the air flow is maintained to help in regulating the hive temperature. You can still get a good idea of the varroa drop.

Depending on the size of the problem, you can either make your treatment plan for when the honey has been removed, or, if you need to treat now, the ONLY treatment that can be used while honey supers intended for human consumption remain on the hive are MAQS strips.

Remember that any treatment must be recorded and retained for 5years. Our Apiary Guide contains a sheet for recording this information.

Your largest colonies are the most in danger – I am speaking from my first year experience when I lost my best colony to varroa.

Photo: Varroa on a tray from under a mesh floor. – Margaret Cowley Now is a prudent time to start monitoring colony mite populations. If you want to get an idea of the size of the problem in your colonies this link takes you to the calculator on their site.

If inserting a varroa tray, I would suggest not inserting it fully to ensure the air flow is maintained to help in regulating the hive temperature. You can still get a good idea of the varroa drop.

Depending on the size of the problem, you can either make your treatment plan for when the honey has been removed, or, if you need to treat now, the ONLY treatment that can be used while honey supers intended for human consumption remain on the hive are MAQS strips.

Remember that any treatment must be recorded and retained for 5years. Our Apiary Guide contains a sheet for recording this information.

Your largest colonies are the most in danger – I am speaking from my first year experience when I lost my best colony to varroa.

Photo: Varroa on a tray from under a mesh floor. – Margaret Cowley Now is a prudent time to start monitoring colony mite populations. If you want to get an idea of the size of the problem in your colonies this link takes you to the calculator on their site.

If inserting a varroa tray, I would suggest not inserting it fully to ensure the air flow is maintained to help in regulating the hive temperature. You can still get a good idea of the varroa drop.

Depending on the size of the problem, you can either make your treatment plan for when the honey has been removed, or, if you need to treat now, the ONLY treatment that can be used while honey supers intended for human consumption remain on the hive are MAQS strips.

Remember that any treatment must be recorded and retained for 5years. Our Apiary Guide contains a sheet for recording this information.

Your largest colonies are the most in danger – I am speaking from my first year experience when I lost my best colony to varroa.

Photo: Varroa on a tray from under a mesh floor. – Margaret Cowley

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