Some Varroa Hive Counting with the Kiwimana Meshboards

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Hi over the last three days, I have had inspection trays in the Kiwimana Meshboards in some of our hives. Here are the results:-

Whenupai 1 Varroa Count

Tray placed 9 Jan 2012 18:30 (0 mites)
Tray Checked 12 Jan 2012 18:30 (5 mites)

=5/72 (Hours) = 0.069 per hour
or 5/3 (Days) = 1.67 mites per day

The hive has a large populatrion of pseudoscorpion’s :) These little guys are meant to eat Varroa Mites. Maybe thats why the hive has a low mite count…

Remuera 1 Varroa Count

Tray placed 9 Jan 2012 18:30 (0 mites)
Tray Checked 12 Jan 2012 18:30 (4 mites)

=5/72 (Hours) = 0.06 per hour
or 5/3 (Days) = 1.33 mites per day

Looks good to me. This is the swarm that was in bush in a previous blog post, these guys are building up well and are due a full inspection.

Taupaki 1 Varroa Count

Tray placed 9 Jan 2012 18:30 (0 mites)
Tray Checked 12 Jan 2012 18:30 (10 mites)

=5/72 (Hours) = 0.14 per hour
or 5/3 (Days) = 3.33 mites per day

Loads of pollen on the inspection tray. This is the second biggest hive, and doesn’t have any drone brood management frames in it. We need to build some more soon.

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About Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop. He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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2 Responses to Some Varroa Hive Counting with the Kiwimana Meshboards

  1. Emily Heath says:

    Impressed by how low your mite counts are! Nice work.

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