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APIVOX VARROA ELIMINATOR - our new project after 7 months of work.

The final period of testing of our new method for combating varroatosis and our new beehive built in accordance with this method, is ending.

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In fact, this struggle with the mites has already been completed, but, as we wrote earlier, we always obtain quantitative results on the birth of mites in a given month, on the basis of the method of controlling free fall of the mites on sticky board, only after about 2 months. In this way, mites which are dying and falling down in November, will tell us how many mites were born in September. But even in early October, as it seemed to us, there was a little amount of brood in the experimental hive ... so the mites, which could be born in early October, will die in early December. This will give us additional data to understand how many mites will winter in the bee family. The results of testing of our new method, for today, is not bad... The peak of the mites' population growth has already been recorded and in our hive it is minimal. We are developing a new methodology for estimating the number of mites that remain in the hive to winter with the bees. The assessment is not yet final, but so far, the result is not bad. The coefficient of growth of the mites' population in the families of the experimental apiary, calculated on the basis of the ratio of the number of ticks predicted for spring 2020, relative to the tick population at the beginning of 2019, is: - For the Experimental family - 1,55 - For three Control families - 40,22 ; 110,66 ; 19,12 Not bad results!