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Meet the varroa mites that are the scourge of bee hives around the world.
Varroa mites are out to get the bees in your hive.
A horrible (and relatively new) problem in the apian world, varroa mites can wipe out a hive in one season.
In our new video Trica shows how to test for varroa mites and combat them. Most bees have no way to combat varroa mites, and that’s where you as the beekeeper need to take a hand. Defend your bees through a combination of controls such as good hygiene, monitoring, and—when necessary—naturally derived miticides.
With a Mite Observation Board under your Screened Bottom Board you can get a head count of the mites currently in your hive. If the mites are numerous, use Apiguard® with the active ingredient Thymol (from the herb thyme) which is labeled to control varroa mites.
Just take a look at some varroa mites sucking the life juices out of a bee. Want to fight back?
Randy Oliver is a local biologist and beekeeper here in Nevada County. His bee blog, Scientific Beekeeping, is full of buzz for beginners as well as longtime beekeepers. Take advantage of his decades of experience as a teacher and commercial beekeeper. We think you’ll enjoy and learn from his balanced approach.
One article we especially like is aimed at beginners. Randy suggests which of the current debates in beekeeping you can just go ahead and ignore! Then he gives you his basics for keeping healthy bees.
If you have your first colony of bees you can assume that they have varroa mites. Randy tells you how to evaluate the mite infestation, and suggests mite treatments and how to time them.
To get really grisly, read Randy’s articles here about varroa mites, some of which appeared in the American Bee Journal.
Welcome to the mite-fighting world of sugar shakes and more.
Please use our resources to help control the nasty varroa mites and keep your bee hive a healthy one.
Cécile Stelzer Johnson Says:
Aug 11th, 2013 at 9:46 am
What do you think of fogging the hives, once the honey is out but before they cluster, with mineral oil and 5 drops of essential wintergreen oil?
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Aug 14th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Cecile, We cannot comment on home remedies that have not been tested and registered as a pesticide for use in killing mites. I would say, though, that I have concerns about introducing mineral oil (a petroleum byproduct) into a hive.
Mar 29th, 2014 at 9:58 am
Stephanie Brown Says:
Apr 1st, 2014 at 4:36 pm
Oh dear! That sounds terrible. Here is an article from Penn State on getting rid of Bird Mites: http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/bird-mites
And this one is from UC Davis with managment guidelines for springtails: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74136.html
I hope you can get that invasion solved.