New Project to Fight the Mite! : Treating Packages and Swarms
- 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 Summer if varroa counts are >2%, and 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.
Project participants will be beekeepers primarily from NYS who will be introducing 3# packages into their apiary in April or May 2017.
The Project is now underway, watch for updates!
- Proficiency in powdered sugar roll mite count assessments
- Accurate record keeping and data entry on an online survey, by recording varroa mite counts, strength of colonies, outdoor temperature
- Proficient in basic beekeeping, At least 2-3 years of experience in beekeeping.
- Use of either oxalic acid dribble or HopGuard II, according to prescribed protocol, on newly hived packages
- HopGuard II users must sign a product waiver
- Participants will be required to view videos and read and follow instructions