Tag Archives: mites

Honey 1 Varroa Count

Honey 1 is going great, loads of traffic on the hottest days leading up to spring. Hopefully we can bred some new queens from this hive in the spring. I have placed a inspection tray intro or screened bottom board, I put canola oil onto it so the Varroa mites stick to the board. Will […]

Made some Screen Bottom Boards

Finished building some screen bottom boards today.  Screen bottom boards have a few advantages. Help reduce the varroa mites due to natural fall (The mites fall through the screen) Provides a way for you to count mites Provides increased ventilation for the bees Reduces moisture in the hive over winter I would recommend looking into […]

Honey 1 gets some Apistan strips treatment

Well took my chances today in between the Auckland Rain showers to inspect one of the hives. Today I inspected Honey 1. Honey one had three brood boxes that I have reduced down to two and put in 2 Apistan strips in each brood box. Here’s hoping that these knock back the Varroa mites a […]

Update on natural mite fall….

Today we went to the Auckland Beekeepers Club meeting, it was good to put a face to the Massey bee enthusiast – sorry we didn’t get a chance to chat further.  I took my photos of the crawling things and showed it around, the scary looking one that looks like a scorpion is called “pseudoscorpion” check […]

Screened bottom board, We made our first one

I finished our new Screened bottom board today, I added a Varroa Mite inspection mat that is just a piece of plastic. Part of the same sheet of plastic that is also the roof of our NUC box. The mat can be speared with a thin layer of Vaseline and then the mites get stuck […]