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Bugs on bugs

So let’s talk about bugs on bugs. That’s right the biggest thing you battle as a beekeeper is something called a varroa mite. This tiny mite sneaks into the cell with the baby bees(larva) right before the bees seal over the cell to allow the bee larva to pupate (transform)into a fully formed bee. This little mite attaches to the bees back and rides around on the bee stealing nutrients and weakening them to make them susceptible to viruses. As bee keepers we keep a close count of the mite population in hives and use natural products to kill the mites that don’t hurt the bees. So a tiny bug on a bug is a dangerous foe. It’s our duty as the beekeeper to keep these little guys healthy and happy. See ya next time from “In the Hive”


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