Mite Help

Mite help for all … Mites (Varroa Destructor) prefer to lay eggs in Drone cells. You can identify drone cells because they are larger than cells for honey storage and worker-bee eggs. Capped drone cells are “bullet” shaped but the cell itself is larger. One of the mite control systems is to add a special foundation imprinted with larger “drone” cells. Mite females will favor this “drone” foundation with eggs. The beekeeper can then remove this drone foundation before the bees(drones) hatch out. This foundation is frozen for a couple of days to kill everything and returned to the hive for re-use as a “mite magnet”.

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One response to “Mite Help

  1. Regina Blakeslee

    Thank you for the information on another method of mite control. It looks like timing is everything using these drone foundations. Has anyone used these? Found this on a bee supplier’s website:

    “A natural way to control those pesky Varroa is with Drone Foundation. Varroa prefer to deposit their eggs on drone comb. By inserting a piece of Drone Foundation into your brood nest, you can lure Varroa Mites to the developing drone brood. Eleven days after the egg has been laid, the bees will cap the cells. You should remove the comb before the bees emerge in approx. 21 days. Put the comb in the freezer for a few days and it will kill the brood and the mites. Then scrape the caps off with a cappings scratcher and return it to the hive. The bees will clean it up, drag the dead out and refill the comb, starting the cycle over again.”

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