Posts Tagged: varroa

Parasitic Mite Syndrome (PMS)

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/parasitic-mite-syndrome-pms/

PMS or Parasitic Mite Syndrome is a condition that causes a honey bee colony to deteriorate and eventually dwindle away and die. There has not yet been a pathogen detected which causes the brood symptoms that appear with this syndrome. However there are always varroa mites present with this syndrome. The brood symptoms look similar…

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Bald Brood

http://beeinformed.org/2013/04/bald-brood/

An interesting brood symptom you may come across in a weak hive in the spring is Bald Brood. Bald brood is caused by the Lesser wax moth (Achroia gresella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella.) You can see in the image below the linear pattern of uncapping that occurs due to the wax moths…

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How to make a Sugar Roll jar

http://beeinformed.org/2013/03/how-to-make-a-sugar-roll-jar/

A sugar roll test is a simple way to monitor your varroa mite loads without killing a lot of bees. It is easy and fast and only a few items are needed. To make a sugar roll jar you will need a few supplies. You can get these supplies at a home improvement store and…

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Emergency Response Kits

http://beeinformed.org/2013/02/emergency-response-kits/

With 2013 already off to a running start, we at the Bee Informed Partnership are looking forward to the coming year and the many new initiatives we are planning on launching. One such project we unveiled in late 2012 was the Emergency Response Kits (ERK), which is a partner initiative with the USDA Bee Research…

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Tropilaelaps Mites

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/tropilaelaps-mites/

Among the many diseases and pests that the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey samples are analyzed for is the exotic parasite, the Tropilaelaps mite. These mites are native to tropical Asia and are a serious threat to the honey bee. While they naturally use the giant honey bee (Apis dorsata) as their host, Tropilaelaps mites…

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Tower Hives

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/tower-hives/

A few years back in 2006 as part of collaboration with Betterbee Inc. and Penn State University, the idea of a tower hive set up was piloted in New York as a method of Varroa mite control. A tower hive configuration is simply two hives placed side by side. When the hives are ready to…

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Honey Bee Lab from Home

From time to time we are approached by beekeepers who are interested in setting up their own labs so that they can take samples of their bees and test them for Varroa mites and Nosema spores. Most beekeepers know what a Varroa mite looks like so identification usually isn’t an issue. Counting Nosema spores can…

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Long-term or short-term lease?

http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/long-term-or-short-term-lease/

It was a couple weeks ago that Heather, Jennie and I were talking about using drone comb as Varroa management in a colony. Drone larvae are particularly attractive to Varroa mites. By adding drone comb to a hive, a beekeeper is creating a lure for the mites in the hope that they will go to…

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Ghost Bees

The Varroa mite has been proven as an efficient vector of viruses making honey bees vulnerable to many diseases.  Keeping Varroa mites at low levels in colonies is key to keeping the entire colony healthy.  There is a relatively simple and non-invasive way to perform a quick test for mites known as a sugar roll….

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