Posts Categorized: Pest and Disease Control

Tower Hives

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/12/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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Pest and predators of honey bees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/05/25/pest-and-preditors-of-honey-bees/

As the weather starts to warm and flowers start to bloom, honey bee colonies start hoarding pollen and nectar to rear brood. At the same time, honey bee pests start to awaken from their winter slumbers or eclose from an egg. What are these pest interested in? Most pests feed on the bees themselves, bee…

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Long-term or short-term lease?

https://beeinformed.org/2012/04/27/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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Tracheal Invaders

https://beeinformed.org/2012/01/13/tracheal-invaders/

In 1922 the Honey Bee Act was passed by Congress to prevent the importing of live, mite infested honey bees into the United States. Yes, a congressional act, on honey bees. This is serious stuff. The reason behind this act was due to the Tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi) that was reported in 1921 on the…

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Deformed Wing

https://beeinformed.org/2012/01/09/deformed-wing/

This week was filled again with more report writing for the National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS). The long days in the lab leave us all dreaming of spring and summer when the field work picks up and there are plenty of opportunities to go outside and spend some quality time with the colonies. I jog…

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