Category Archives: bee parasite

Beekeeping tips for October

Originally by Jim Orem and Ginger Davidson, edited by J. Morgan October is the month to prepare your bees for what Mother Nature has in store this upcoming winter.¬†You might be wondering, what could cause the demise of my bees during the winter? It is usually either starvation or moisture... maybe the occasional mouse. And,…
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Alcohol wash to get a mite count in a beehive

Originally submitted by J. Morgan in 2013 Revised Jun. 17, 2017 by Karen Ferguson to provide the latest info on alcohol washes blessed by SIBA. When I lost what I considered my best hive over the winter of 2013, I sent a sample of these bees to the Beltsville bee lab. It came back with…
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SIBA Makes Mite Washing kits to Raffle off at Summer Meetings

Submitted by J. Morgan A group of SIBA members, advocating the importance of beekeepers knowing their mite infestations, gathered together to create our version of a mite wash kit. It's a fact that most colony deaths are the result of varroa mites. Mites secretly build when the beekeeper isn't looking causing not only colony mortality,…
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