There is a window of opportunity to treating for Varroa Mites starting this coming Thursday, Oct 3rd. The average daily temperatures will start to be between 50 and 80 degrees which is the best time to treat; especially with Mite Away, Formic Pro or Apiguard. Also a good time to treat with Oxalic Acid.
I encourage you to consider treating during this change in weather conditions. It is important that whatever treatment you use, that you have fully read the instructions/information data sheets and have referred to the Honey Bee Health Coalition website. This will help you make an informed decision.
- When treating with any treatment, the bees should be out and about flying.
- When treating with Mite Away, Formic Pro or Apiguard
- the entrance reduces must be removed;
- the debris boards are to be placed back under the screened bottom boards;
- an extra “empty” shallow, medium or deep box needs to be added on top of the hive before replacing the enter cover and top cover;
- recommended using a 2” spacer between the brood boxes where the treatment is placed;
- “Do not” feed during the treatment period.
- After the treatment period, “wait” a week or so before inspecting the hives to see if they are still queen right
If you have any questions or need assistance, please let me know.
I have some extra Mite Away and Apiguard that I cannot use and am willing to let anyone have at no cost – if this is the treatment you want to use.
I will be treating all my hives this coming weekend.