You can also use Varroacides or organic compounds to remove the mites. So, what exactly is a Varroacide?
It is a chemical or combination of compounds that is fatal to the parasitic mite.
Do these methods work, and can we help assure their efficacy? Let’s have a look at what we know, shall we?
Varroa mites have exhibited resistance to some Varroacides in some regions. Check with your local cooperative extension office or apiary inspector to find out which Varroacides are most effective in your area. Rotate your treatments to help prevent resistance. Treat judiciously and follow label instructions carefully.
True or False: The stronger the hive is in summer, the less likely it will be heavily infested with Varroa in the late summer or fall.
False: A stronger colony in summer give the mites a healthier setting to reproduce in very high numbers. They can overwhelm the colony and cause its demise in a very short time!
True or False: Your neighbors’ bee Varroa levels matter in your struggle to keep your colonies healthy.
True. Other beekeepers in your area can easily spread Varroa to your hives.
True or False: Once you have treated with a strong varroacide, leave the colony alone for several weeks to give the treatment time to work.
False. You need to recheck periodically for mites.
Finally, what can a beekeeper do to insure the colony is free of the devastating effects of this hemolymph-sucking parasite called the Varroa mite?
1.You can check your Varroa treatment of choice for efficacy, which means more monitoring and careful management.
2.Always, go back and check for reinfestation. Varroa can multiply rather quickly. Again, this requires constant monitoring and a good management program.
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