On Fredag 23 maj 2003 04:53 grizzly bearnolds wrote:
> We had a break last winter. Usually there is always something wrong. Seems
> one never can win.
We have had three very good vinters for the bees. Last year they were out in
December and in January.
> Bad bad stuff. Are you guys getting ahead any? What do you do to combat the
Mite suppression. We use drone brood removal theoughout the year and formic
acid vapours to kill the bastards. It usually works very well.
I used oxalic acid too late in the season last year and, due to lack of time,
did not do drone brood removal, so I've got no one but myself and the weather
gods to blame.
> Is there any hope in any of that? What is being done (over in Europe .. I
> figure you are from Denmark)?
Yes I am.
We are actually doing OK. We are retting rid of those damned pesticides as the
mites are getting resistant. Organic acids combined with drone brood removal
and improved resistance to diseases is the way we have chosen. Using
terramycin for bees is luckily illegal here.
Varroa treatment with organic acids is one of the reasons I'm designing my
TBH's with a slide-in bottom, the other being my preferred practice of
closing the bottom when the thaw sets in.
venlig hilsen / best regards
P.H. Rankin Hansen
Mølletoften 45, Gaarslev
(+45) 7586 1688