The varroa population is growing at an exponential rate.
Every month it doubles.1 Therefore it is important not to rely solely on a late-season treatment.
Varroa management has become a necessary and routine task for beekeepers globally over the last decades. Without strategic varroa management, beekeepers risk the health and survival of their colonies.
Finding the best treatment for varroa mites can be quite challenging for beekeepers. Here are 3 products to help you contain the mite infestation and make your bees happy (+ Bonus at the end!).
A research group from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) has now taken a closer look at varroa mite sensitivity towards different miticides in the province (amitraz, flumethrin, tau-fluvalinate).
As the days are getting longer, and we are all looking forward to those extra rays of sunshine, you are not alone in the desire to stretch your legs and get fit for the warm season. Your bees are “stretching their antennae” too – so to speak – to prepare for a new colony buildup.
Apiguard is a gel with thymol, while the other two products are strips, saturated with this substance. ApiLifeVar is a blend of thymol with eucalyptol, mentol and camphor, while Apiguard and Thymovar rely on pure thymol. These differences are important for understanding which product to choose in different conditions.
1- Marwan Keshlaf, Hamida B. Mirwan – Population Dynamics of Varroa Mites and Bee Lice in Honey Bees Colonies – University of Tripoli, Faculty of Agriculture – 2018
According to a survey conducted each year in Eastern France, the later the treatment is applied, the higher the winter losses. Study conducted in 2020 on more than 29,000 hives.
3- Poonia, Asha & Gulati, Rachna & Sharma, S.K.. (2014). Effect of environmental factors on the population of Varroa destructor in Apis mellifera l. Colonies. The eCOSCAN.
The varroa population was significantly positively correlated with maximum (r = 0.659) and minimum (r = 0.648) temperature.
4- Smoliński, S., Langowska, A. & Glazaczow, A. Raised seasonal temperatures reinforce autumn Varroa destructor infestation in honey bee colonies. Sci Rep11, 22256 (2021).
Statistically significant difference (p = 0.039) between Caucasian and Buckfast bees.