Re: [Beekeeping] Varroa mites
--- On Sat, 2/12/11, nsl2317 <ny2317@...> wrote: ".... article on sick bees in the current American Bee Journal by Randy Oliver. In his article, he writes about infections by multiple viruses to the bees via Varroa mites...... I am concerned with the possibility of these viruses being transmitted to the beekeeper by bee sting .....
I'm not an authority on viruses, but it's my understanding that most viruses are host specific, meaning that they affect a particular host and not others. Understand that bees are insects and we are mammals. There is a great jump between the biology of an insect and that of a mammal. There are diseases that can make the crossover, but fortunately they are very limited in number. In all the discussions I've monitored, your question is the first I've come across to pose this particular concern. That doesn't mean it isn't a valid question and a valid concern. I will pose the question on another discussion list in which I participate. It's a good question and one that I don't think has been postulated to date. I'll try to keep this list updated as to what people in the other discussion list think about the topic.
Mike in LA
- I've been putting fondant in plastic bags placed straight on top of the brood frames or on the qx and making sure it covers most of the hive. Slash the plastic bag underneath a few times to let the bees in , This seems to have helped my bees as they haven't moved much put have come up for the fondant. I've rolled it flat with a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch to an inch thickness Alan
From: roger g <toad08551@...>
Sent: Tue, 22 February, 2011 18:00:53
Subject: [Beekeeping] Re: New Beekeeper (continued) making equip --no chemicals
Not sure of their conditions but the last one i lost was a REAL good hive last yr. came though winter strong ,built up nice. I checked in sping and found some queen cells. so took queen and some brood put in another hive (forced swarm), checked lil later and there was 15 queen cells in there So i took couple frames with queen cells and put it nukes. Let original hive re-queen self.
They built up again real strong even had 3 honey supers on at one time. in the fall i took one super of honey off, left 2 parcially filled honey supers on for food. Lower deeps looked good, thought it was good for the winter. Checked last week and they were dead???? Long cold spell, they cleaned out the 2 lower deeps and there was still honey in top 2 supers. There was a large clust of dead bees in bottom deep. Apparently there ate all stores in lower hive and didn't break cluster to go up to honey in top roger NJ
PS 3 of the hives i started from them are still fine
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, Alan Fox <alan_foxy2000@...> wrote:
> Hi All
i think it would be helpful to everyone when talking aboutÂ things if
> we all put aÂ country and location and winter temperatures when talking about
> treatments and losses . Just a thought ,