HELP! Mason bee mites
I opened my orchard mason bee house today and opened most of the straws, many of which had holes and had clearly been predated.
A few bees came out and staggered around, covered in brown stuff (pollen or mites?). I took out all the cocoons and brought them inside, and there are DEFINITELY little white mites all over them.
One bee emerged and is crawling around the cocoons.
How do I get rid of the mites without killing the bees? Or do I just have to--gasp!--"euthanize" the cocoons and bees, disinfect the house, and buy new bees?
Any helpful advice is welcome.