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ingo50
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:14 pm    Post subject: Bee gym Reply with quote

I saw this on a local beekeeping association website. Some of their members are trying it. Looks like it consists of a plastic frame with various edges and wires that the bees can use to scratch off Veroa mites. Won't do any harm, but not sure how many mites will be removed from a heavily infested colony. Will be interesting to see what the research shows. Amazing what backyard beekeepers will invent.
The website is: bee gym.co.uk

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I do not know the inventor nor have any affiliation to this product.
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mal
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Location: Rutland, Leicestershire, UK

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, but if they are actively using it to rid themselves of mites then it indicates that the bees are unable (physically or communicatively) to groom each other to do the same. Which is maybe surprising ?

However if he has hit upon a 'bee failing' and provided a solution then bully for him !
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Kiwimana
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm be interested to know if this works, I don't think it would.

Isn't it true that mites assume the smell of the hive pretty quickly, so bees don't even know the mites are on them? I seem to remember this was part of a study I read.

Has anyone tried this idea in their hives?

Gary
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