Category Archives: Varroa Mites

God Save the Queen (and observe some Varroa mites)

Did one of our early checks, finding the queen, checking for early Varroa, etc. We found her, and we did find about 7 mites on our board. A little disturbing this early in the season. We’re thinking about what options … Continue reading

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Varroa control update

Powdering the bees: A bee cleaning itself from powdered sugar: Here’s a PDF of the process: http://tinyurl.com/6cznhhz

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Arlington County fair, regular checkup, and brewing mead

Moving and class prevented me from updating more regularly recently, but here’s The Great Update. Arlington County Fair First off, I want to recognize the strong bond people seem to have formed in the Beekeeper’s Association of Northern Virginia (http://www.beekeepersnova.org/). … Continue reading

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National Bee Laboratory open house

The National Bee Laboratory in Beltsville Maryland was having an open house today from 10-3:30. They are the USDA’s main research lab on apiology, and they are doing some really interesting stuff on pest management. The day consisted mostly of … Continue reading

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Our Equipment

What we’re starting out with, hive-wise: 2 Dadant hives,  8 frame medium boxes (5 boxes per hive) Plus top covers and bottom boards 1 Rossman hive, 10 frame deep and medium (2 and 2, respectively) Plus top cover and bottom … Continue reading

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