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Differing Opinions on Drone Trapping
« on: June 01, 2020, 10:27:38 am »
I was talking with a beekeeper friend of mine the other day and we got on the subject of drone trapping.  She was talking about how instead of cutting out her drone comb, she leaves it in, which draws the mites into the drone brood instead of into the worker brood.  She said if you leave the drone brood in, then it doesn't matter if they are infested with mites, because you'd rather have sickly drones than sickly workers.  This seems to be a different train of thought to what I usually hear on drone trapping, where you cut out the comb because the mites breed more in the drone brood.  What are your thoughts on these opposing philosophies?       
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Re: Differing Opinions on Drone Trapping
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2020, 10:39:48 am »
I do not think you want the mites in the drone cells getting out and spreading to the rest of the brood cells. So yes cut them out.
 
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Re: Differing Opinions on Drone Trapping
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2020, 09:07:01 am »
She said if you leave the drone brood in, then it doesn't matter if they are infested with mites, because you'd rather have sickly drones than sickly workers.
I don't cull drone brood but that is an incorrect conclusion.  If the drones are infested with varroa then the hive is infested with varroa and will likely not do well.  It really only works if the bees are pulling infected cells because it is a matter of critical timing.
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Re: Differing Opinions on Drone Trapping
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2020, 11:20:46 am »
Thanks both of you.  I guess the other issue is that the drones don't just stay in one colony, and they could easily spread mites between colonies as well. 
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Re: Differing Opinions on Drone Trapping
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2020, 05:13:53 pm »

What are your thoughts on these opposing philosophies?

> I do not think you want the mites in the drone cells getting out

> If the drones are infested with varroa then the hive is infested with varroa and will likely not do well.

>  I guess the other issue is that the drones don't just stay in one colony, and they could easily spread         
     mites between colonies as well.

All three above taken from your replies sound accurate to me.
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