Category: Pest Control

Various ways to deal with pests such as ants, small hive beetles, varroa mites, and wax moths

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Monitoring Varroa Mites

I believe that you have to monitor the varroa mite infestation in your hives. Many hives do not even make it to winter because of viruses transmitted by the varroa mite. If they make it to winter, they may not make it through winter. This year (2017), bees coming through winter in okay shape saw …

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BT for Control of Wax Moths

A strong hive is the best defense against wax moths. One preventive action is to not give the bees more territory than they can guard.  In other words, don’t leave a lot of drawn comb on a hive that is small and struggling. Wax moth traps can help keep the wax moth population under control …

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Nematodes for Hive Beetle Control

A couple of years ago I had the worst hive beetle problem I’ve encountered.  Beetle traps and other methods were not working very well.  One of my fellow beekeepers, Charlie Headington recommended that I try nematodes for control.  He gave me the name and website address of the place he used.  I had been reading …