I have read that sticky paper is a good method of tracking the mite population in your bee hive. I bought a vented bottom board for partially this reason. Great, lets go buy some cheap insect paper, tack it down to a board and leave it under the hive for a few days.
Well crap. Bees are either attracted to this stuff, or just very exploratory. It might have a sweet smell to attract things like fruit flies. I got a lizard too, which is kind of impressive. Poor girls, I feel horrible. I need to either build a cage over it that they can’t get to or figure out how to get it under the hive in such a way that they can’t get in. I will have to inspect my bottom board closely next time I am out.
Might as well look over it carefully for mites. Do I have any amongst all these poor bees? Yep. Taking a picture through a magnifying glass is darn near impossible, but those two ovaly things are mites. The good news is that in 2 days I only count a hand full of mites on the sticky paper. So much for the sign keeping them out.