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Do you treat your hives for varroa mites in the Winter? (TN area)

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Do you treat your hives for varroa mites in the Winter? (TN area)

1st year beekeeper here. I have never treated my bees for mites or checked them. However I still have both colonies and both queens have stopped laying eggs for the winter. I bought Apivar treatment strips but now I don’t even know if it matters since there’s no brood and they reproduce in brood cells.

Currently the bees are pretty much on auto pilot clustering and taking sugar water I give them. I would have to tear back in hives in the dead of winter to remove the strips if I was to install this weekend and I don’t want to disturb them.

So, does anyone here treat their hives in early November with 0 brood cells? Thanks for all and any opinions/feedback.

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