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Putting the Squeeze on Varroa Mites
Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 11:00 am — 2:00 pm
Location in Berkeley, CA
In preparation for late summer when the varroa mites increase and your bee population decreases, this class will show you how to detect varroa mites and the size of their infestation in your hive. Learn to keep bees alive and prosperous without resorting to pesticides, knowing that hives around you will collapse and die if mites are not controlled. We’ll open up a live bee hive and demonstrate detection and preventative measures (including the sugar roll test and powder sugaring your hive), so you will be prepared to do it in your own hive in the next couple months. We will also cover drone comb frames, oxalic & formic acid treatment, and more. Everyone, from new beekeepers to those with years of experience, will find this class invaluable.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.