Education: Varroa Mite Treatments

Unfortunately, varroa mites are a reality of beekeeping.  Listed in the chart below are some options to assist in choosing the right treatment for you and your bees.  This chart is merely a guide to some varroa mite treatments and is not meant to act as a replacement to product instructions.

It is recommended that treatments for varroa mites be rotated to prevent resistance.  Remember: being a responsible beekeeper means monitoring mite levels and taking action against varroa.  This is the right step for your bees’ health, neighboring bee yards’ health and the health of wild colonies.  

Got questions about mite treatments?  Our Mann Lake Ltd. representatives would be more than happy to assist at 800-880-7694.  

 

14 thoughts on “Education: Varroa Mite Treatments

  1. john burgess

    What time of year is the best to treat for varroa mites in middle ga?

    1. Krista

      Hi John,

      A good time to treat may be right after you pull your supers. In Georgia it’s also a good idea to treat again in the late fall/early winter (or at some point when broodless).

  2. Jim white

    I need your consul ///

    1. Krista

      Hi Jim,

      We’d be more than happy to assist in any questions you have. Give us a call at 800-880-7694 or email us at beekeeper@mannlakeltd.com

      Thank you!

  3. Bob

    My colony died last Feb (Michigan) and National Bee Lab said mites were likely cause. I installed a new package this year, and have Apistan strips in the hive now. What would be a good seasonal regiment for mites? The strips are due to come out in a few weeks……..what next, do I leave untreated for a period of time before another treatment or do I go directly to another form of treatment? There are many options, but it is hard for me to find a regiment of treatments with suggested timeframes. Thanks

    1. Krista

      Hi Bob,

      Sorry to hear about your bee loss this past winter. I would suggest doing a mite check after you pull the Apistan from your hive. That way you can get an idea if the first treatment was effective and proceed from there. I hope to cover the details of doing a mite check on my own hives on the next Adventures in Beekeeping post, however feel free to contact us at 800-880-7694 or beekeeper@mannlakeltd.com if you need more info on mite checks or varroa treatments. We’d be happy to assist. Thank you!

    2. Mike

      My hive is in Minnesota and I used Apivar last year and purchased Checkmite for this year’s treatment. I was planning to put the strips into the brood boxes in early September, just like I did with the Apivar, and keep them there for about 45 days. Does this plan sound like a good mite treatment plan? Given they survive a second winter, what should I use next year?
      Many thanks,

      1. Krista

        Hi Mike,
        I was able to speak to one of our sales team members in regards to your questions about your upcoming mite treatment plan. It has been seen that some varroa mites have built up a resistance to CheckMite + and other Coumaphos based products. It is strongly recommended that you monitor your mite levels with this treatment. Our sales team member suggested using a sticky board while the treatment is on. You should be seeing dead mites even within the first few days of the treatment. If you do not see any mites it is a pretty safe bet to say that the CheckMite isn’t working and the mites are resistant.
        As for the second year, it was suggested that you consider using MiteAway Quick Strips, Formic Pro, or HopGuard II. All are quick, effective and simple to use.
        We’d be more than happy to assist you if you have any more questions. Feel free to give us a call at 800-880-7694. Thank you and thanks for checking out the blog!

  4. Dan Girton

    My apologies to writers and responders because I want to talk my reality as a bee person.
    I find in all the questions and responses above that beekeepers have not learned life cycles of mites like where are they and when and how long nor their reproductive cycles and how and when and where and how many. The medication recommendations of medications are based on those things just like the amoxacillin you get so many times a day for ten days. Beekeepers are also not reading up on the mite meds either as they don’t know what or how they work such as Formic acid that when it sublimates changes to a gas that kills mites under the capped brood as well as phoretic mites. It is the only one that does as far as I know. Beekeepers also do not know that absolutely every mite med has serious side effects on just about all stages of bee development and all caste with some variation. The packages don’t tell you this nor are you taught in beginning classes or advanced classes. You have to hit the books yourself. Your bees are yours, not your mentors, nor your bee supply dealer. If you have a question about your bees , ask for opinions but just simply Google that question in plain language and research it. The only person you really should hold responsible for your bees is yourself. I am sure you don’t go into complex medical treatments for yourself without researching what you’ve been told so if you want to be a good caretaker of your honey bees, do the same for them. By the way, remember all those beautiful pieces of foundation you buy as new to start your bees on. Think again. It is bees wax. Bees wax comes from bees. It has all been used. There are accumulations of coumaphos and fluvinate and other things in some of those beautiful smelling pieces of wax and there are drug drug interactions that can occur and suddenly 1+1= 5 instead of 2. So much for my pontification. (Preaching) I do care about honey bees and I do care about beekeepers, no matter what level. Good luck and good bees.
    “Take care of your bees and they will take care of you.”

  5. Jim Allen

    Good comment & advice Dan Girton.

  6. Bob Hawley

    We’ve been using Apiguard on one of our two first-year hives. The sticky board shows a consistent mite kill of 62-119 mites a day. With daytime temps in the high 90s, some treatments aren’t recommended, but Apiguard is. I don’t see Apiguard on Mann Lake’s list of treatments.

    When the bees in the other hive finish the pollen patty and syrup, we’ll also start treating that hive.

  7. Aformations

    The colony shown above had a third deep box that was filled with capped honey, indicating that the bees died early, and starvation was not the culprit.

  8. Tom karges

    I have topbar hives in southern Ontario Canada. Can you recommend the most appropriate product and time of year to treat for mites
    Thanks

  9. Carla Allahham

    We are first time beekeepers and just installed a 5 frame Nuc 2 days ago. Today we saw a few varroa mites on the removable cardboard on a screened-bottom board. Is it safe to do an alcohol wash? Depending on our results, what should we treat with?