Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
+61 [0] 422695171

Need help planning mite treatment timing/methods….have I already screwed up?

We are grateful you are here

Need help planning mite treatment timing/methods….have I already screwed up?

Hi friends! I recently decided to get back into beekeeping after a bad first experience a few years back. I was lucky enough to have hived 4 swarms in the past month. They are all thriving, but I am worried I've already screwed up in regards to mite treatments. 2 of the 4 swarms already have capped brood and emerging baby bees. One already has a second brood box and I am about to add 2nd deeps to two of the others.

I know it's too late to treat with oxalic acid when a hive has capped brood. And I think my strongest colony may even be ready for a honey super in the next couple weeks. Is waiting until July to treat for mites a horrible idea? Everyone says I should have treated the second I hived them, but it was everything I could do just to scrape together the equipment to house them.

What's a good plan so that they're healthy going into fall and winter? My first attempt at keeping bees led to both of my hives absconding due to mite pressure. I want to be more proactive–especially since these seem like such strong colonies.

For reference, I live in far western Kentucky. Zone 7a. There's so much info out there about mite treatments, and I know I am likely to get multiple answers. I guess I just want to know what I could or should be doing now vs what I should do later in the season.

Thanks so much!

submitted by /u/Fortunecookiegospel
[link] [comments]

 

Please Login to Comment.