"Many beekeepers have moved up the “fall treatment” for varroa to August."
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Varroa – When Will it End? A consensus is solidifying on the part of both beekeepers and bee scientists that varroa, and the viruses (esp. DWV) spread by varroa are the major cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. U.S. beekeepers probably spend $20 million dollars annually on varroa control. Sub-optimum nutrition exacerbates the problem by impairing bees’ immune systems. That Amitraz (the primary ingredient in Taktic and Apivar) still works after 30 years is surprising to many and is the main reason that many beekeepers are still in business. There are disturbing signs that varroa mites are building resistance to Amitraz, as they have done with Fluvalinate and other chemicals. There is a crying need for new methods of varroa control and there are many dedicated scientists in the U.S. and abroad working on the problem. Many beekeepers have moved up the “fall treatment” for varroa to August. They have found that going for that last drop of honey in August just isn’t worth it if colonies don’t maintain winter populations due to varroa. Dr. vanEnglesdorp claims that colony failure the following spring is likely if colonies go into winter with more than 1 to 3 mites per hundred bees. Isolate (or destroy) “varroa bomb” colonies.
Have you subscribed for Bee Culture Magazine's newest addition called #BEEKeeping "The First Three Years? If not, I strongly urge you to take a look at it, even if your well past your first three years as a beekeeper. Wise beekeepers will tell you they learn something new every time they enter their colonies. In the August 2016 edition "MITE CONTROL NOW" speaks to all of us about how to mitigate the control Varroa mites have on our colonies. In particular, Roy Hendrickson's article "Control Mites, because bees don't take care of themselves". Roy is able to articulate the importance of monitoring mite loads at the start of the spring and all the way throughout the beekeeping season. This is where we all need to work together! #HealthyBees #HealthyPlanet ... See MoreSee Less