Combination treatment #798643
Asked June 29, 2022, 4:41 PM EDT
San Mateo County California
I’m trying to figure out where to direct your question. Whom are you referring to? In which program was this content discussed?
Thanks for reaching out with this question! I appreciate that you are taking varroa mites seriously and trying to think of new ways to control them. A healthy honey bee colony regulates the temperature within the hive on hot days. When outside temperatures are hot, foragers will bring water back to the hive and use their wings to fan and evaporate water to cool the hive. Some of the bees will exit the hive (bearding) to help with the cooling process. If you were to raise the internal temperature of the hive to 106F, the bees would either find a way to cool it down, or they would likely overheat and die. Furthermore, if you are looking at heating foundation in frames, the varroa mites would be on the adult bees in this case and not directly on/near the heated foundation.