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Percentage of mites in order to treat?

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Percentage of mites in order to treat?

Newbie question: This is my first year beekeeping on my own and I have one hive. I did an alcohol wash test yesterday and came up with 3 mites for 300+ bees (I hand counted the dead ones, since I didn't trust my eyes, but yup, just over 300) which is 1%. Should I treat with Apivar, or is this too small a number?

(Additional info, since I'm fairly new at this: I didn't take the sample from the frames with the most brood because I forgot that part when I was taking the sample, so that might affect my mite count. Also, I'm in the northeast if that makes a difference. The weather is getting chilly but not cold yet.)

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