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Anybody Know About Black Queen Cell Virus?

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Ben Framed:
Good stuff HP

Beeboy01:
I volunteered my hives for a virus sampling earlier this year and the results just came in this week. As I said before I'm not producing or selling queens or nucs so long term eradication of BQCV in the yard is my goal. I know there is some old comb in the hives so removing that will be my first step along with increasing my mite treatments.
HP, thanks for the tips on how to control it.   

Ben Framed:

--- Quote from: Beeboy01 on August 21, 2021, 11:17:38 am ---I volunteered my hives for a virus sampling earlier this year and the results just came in this week. As I said before I'm not producing or selling queens or nucs so long term eradication of BQCV in the yard is my goal. I know there is some old comb in the hives so removing that will be my first step along with increasing my mite treatments.
HP, thanks for the tips on how to control it.

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Beeboy I have learned some very important things from your post, as well as spin off post by others from your thoughts since I have been a member here. Thanks..

LawyerRick:
You might try a 1% solution of Reishi mushroom extract & 1 to 1 sugar water.  This mushroom extract was found to reduce virus levels significantly.  Paul Stamets from Washington teamed with some researchers from Washington State U & wrote a 2018 paper about their findings.  The extract is the only thing that actually lowers viral load without harming the bees.

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