Varroa mites and depression

From 40 beehives down to 10. What happened? Here’s the brief story of how important Varroa mite treatments are.


An accidental experiment

I really pride myself on consistently increasing my hive count when most beekeepers in my area seem to be losing 50-100% of their hives each year.

But last year, I joined their ranks. Many of you reading this know about the lack of motivation that comes with bouts of depression. And that’s exactly what happened.

Without all the TMI that comes with why I get depressed, I want to share with you the unique lesson I learned about treating for mites.

I have three apiaries.

The first apiary had zero mite treatments. The second apiary had a partial treatment and the third had a full one.

As you can see, I had some motivation but not a lot. The results however are quite interesting…

The results

The apiary with a full treatment only had two hive losses.

The apiary with a partial treatment had a 50% loss.

The apiary with zero treatments only had one hive survive.

To me, this unintentional experiment speaks for itself. So guess what?

apiary with lots of dead-out beehives
This is my apiary that did not receive ANY Varroa mite treatments during 2019. This picture is my cleanup efforts. Photo by Jonathan Hargus©

This year I’m doing full mite treatments for Varroa mite ON-TIME for the sake of my bees. I was not the only one to suffer from depression…unfortunately my little bees paid the price too.

If you want to know how to do proper, full mite treatments that are incredibly effective against Varroa then check out how to do it here.

Check out my video tutorials for mite treatments here!


Until next time remember,

~Weeds are Wildflowers, let them Bee!~

Jonathan Hargus/Beekeeper who learns his lessons

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