Treating Packages to Fight the Mite!

New Project to Fight the Mite! : Treating Packages

Summary: This Spring many beekeepers will be replenishing dead hives with packages. As all bees have some level of varroa mites, controlling mites in newly installed hives before brood is capped is key to ensure colony growth in the spring and summer. NY Bee Wellness, partnering with Beta-tec, maker of HopGuard II, will be conducting a program where beekeepers will treat their newly hived packages with either HopGuard II or oxalic acid, retreating in the Fall, and checked monthly for efficacy of treatments. This monitored trial is a first for the Northeast region. Similar trials have been done in the Southwest.
Beekeepers who are not directly involved in this program are also encouraged to treat their package bees, too, by doing the following:
  • Products should be used before brood is capped
  • HopGuard II: Strips may be applied at the rate of one strip per five deep combs covered with bees in each brood super; see instructions HERE (page4).
  • Oxalic Acid: 5ml of oxalic solution per seam of  bees, per instructions
  • Mite counts should be done about 2 days after treatment to determine mite levels, and monitored monthly for varroa levels.
  • Retreat in the Fall after honey supers are removed
  • Beekeepers are also encouraged to treat newly hived swarms before brood is capped, hives that have swarmed and are requeening and splits- once the capped brood have emerged, or any time a brood break is initiated.
For more info, contact Pat: info@nybeewellness.org

 

 

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Project participants will be beekeepers primarily from NYS who will be introducing 3# packages into their apiary in April or May 2017.

Requirements:

  1. Proficiency in powdered sugar roll mite count assessments
  2. Accurate record keeping and data entry on an online survey, by recording varroa mite counts, strength of colonies, outdoor temperature
  3. Proficient in basic beekeeping, At least 2-3 years of experience in beekeeping, NY Bee Wellness Tier I graduates will be asked first
  4. Use of either oxalic acid dribble or HopGuard II, according to prescribed protocol, on newly hived packages
  5. HopGuard II users must sign a product waiver
  6. Participants will be required to view videos and read and follow instructions

 For more info, contact Pat: info@nybeewellness.org