Hi, Newbie here! So I picked up a 6 frame nuc last Thursday 6/6 and had to let it sit until Saturday 8/6 as the weather was bad before installing the bees in the hive. I put an inspection board under the nuc box and then the hive and in 6 days there are around 75 varroa and have I found bees flung out with DWV. Obviously I am not happy that the supplier has given me a colony in this state. What do I do? I did ring him on the second day to let him know about the high count but he was not concerned and said they would be ok until September and treat then. I was so excited and looking forward to starting my adventure into bee keeping but this has really dampened my spirit.
Firstly name and shame the seller...he is doing you a disservice and assuming you being new to the game will not know better.
You obviously do. Some of the bigger bee and queen suppliers try to do the same thing.
Get some Apivar strips as soon as you can and stick one in between the frames. In about 6 week you will have a very low varroa count.