Keeping your bees healthy is a key to a successful season. We have solutions for the maladies that can affect your bees - from varroa mites and foulbrood to hive beetles and nosema.
Varroa Mites Varrao mites are an external parasitic mite that can only reproduce in a honey bee colony. Varroa feed and reproduce on larvae and pupae in the developing brood, causing malformation and weakening of honey bees as well as transmitting numerous viruses. Click here to see varroa mites on bees. Appropriate treatments: Hopguard II, Apivar®, Mite Away Quick Strips™.
Tracheal mites are a microscopic internal mite that clogs the trachea (breathing tubes) of adult bees, retricting oxygen flow and eventually killing them. Its effects include decreased flight efficiency and an increase in the number crawling bees that are unable to fly. Click here to see tracheal mites. Appropriate treatment: Mite-a-thol®
Small Hive Beetles The small hive beetle can be a destructive pest of honey bee colonies, causing damage to comb, stored honey and pollen. If a beetle infestation is sufficiently heavy, they may cause bees to abandon their hive. Click here to see a small hive beetle. Appropriate treatments: Beetle Blaster traps, Gardstar® or Permethrin SFR (ground drench).
Nosema Nosema is a fungal infection that can have widespread and devastating effects on honey bees. Bees that contract nosema when they are young normally cannot digest food properly and are unable to produce brood food. Young queens that contract nosema are typically superseded within a month. Also, noseme can be reduce bee life spans by up to 78%. Appropriate treatment: Fumagilin-B®
Wax Moths Wax moths don't attack bees directly, but feed on their honeycomb. Their full development to adults requires access to used brood comb or brood cell cleanings—these contain protein essential for the larval development, in the form of brood cocoons. The destruction of the comb will spill or contaminate stored honey and may kill bee larvae. Click here to see wax moth damage. Appropriate treatment: Para-Moth®.