Bee Pest and Parasite Treatments

Like every other animal or insect, honeybees are affected by pests and parasites. Perhaps the most common enemy of the honeybee is the varroa mite.

Manufacturers have developed a variety of products to treat and get rid of these pests and parasites. Read our reviews to find the best product for your bees.

Vita Apiguard for Varroa Mite Control Review

Vita Apiguard for Varroa Mite Control

The Vita Apiguard for Varroa Mite Control is a natural, easy to use treatment for Varroa mites with high efficiency. It keeps your beehive free of Varroa mites, chalkbrood and tracheal mites. The pack is ideal for beekeepers with apiaries of more than one hive but not exceeding five. Beekeepers using the pack are advised to carry out treatments twice with a two week time gap between treatments. The active ingredient in the Vita Apiguard for Varroa mite control is Thymol, which is derived from the thyme plant.

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Mann Lake DC130 Para-Moth Wax Moth Control Review

Mann Lake DC130 Wax Moth Control

Beekeepers must be wary of a number of threats that may affect their honeybee colonies. Mann Lake has a solution for wax moths and other honeybee pests in the products they offer to beekeepers. The Mann Lake DC130 Para-Moth Wax Moth Control comes in a one pound canister that Mann Lake promises will clear your beehive boxes of wax moths. Let's check it out and see if it will live up this promise.

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Amitraz Plus Strips Varroa Mite Treatment Review

Amitraz Plus Strips for Varroa Mite Treatment

Some of the commonly used methods of dealing with varroa mites include: physical, mechanical, chemical and behavioral. Chemical control measures are generally much more effective, given the fact that they help to completely wipe out the invasive mites. One of the biggest challenges when dealing with varroa mites, is the fact that their developmental stages are well protected courtesy of the encrusted brood cells. This is where they develop rapidly and are able to evade treatment. Amitraz Plus Strips offer a better way of dealing with varroa mites. The potent ingredients in the strips make it possible to target the adult form of the mites. It also remains active and useful for an extended period, making it possible to annihilate the varroa mites that emerge from enclosed brood cells.

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How to Treat Wax Moths in Beehives

Wax Moths in Beehives - Greater Wax Moth

Honeybee colonies face a great number of threats in their beehives. The wax moth is one of the many pests that can cause damage to bee colonies. There are two types of wax moths: the lesser wax moth and the greater wax moth. Both have similar methods of causing trouble in a beehive. The greater wax moth is more prevalent in beekeeping regions, and causes more damage than the lesser wax moth. In this article we will discuss how to treat wax moths in beehives, but first, let us take a look at the wax moth itself.

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Bee Louse Treatment – Tips and Advice

The Bee Louse - Braula Coeca

The bee louse is a parasitic pest of honey bees. It is often found on the head of the bee in an infestation. This is because the pest feeds on honey as well nectar from the mouth-parts of honey bees. Bee lice reproduce in the beehive. Their larvae burrow through honey comb and can cause a lot of losses in both brood and stored honey. Avoiding such losses is important in beekeeping. Severe infestations by the bee louse cost you your beehive products and weaken the honey bee colony. This guide leads you through understanding infestations and as well as providing tips and advice for bee louse treatment.

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Mann Lake DC665 Apistan Strips Review

Apistan is used in detection and control of Varroa mites. Mann Lake recommends use of their Apistan early in spring or late fall. The Mann Lake DC665 Apistan strips should not be used during honey flow. An application rate of 1 strip for every 5 beehive frames is recommended. The 10-strip pack is suitable for beekeepers with a beehive or two only. For large apiaries, the 100-strip pack is more appropriate. However, right off the bat we'll say that while the Apistan strips can be effective in mite control, its side effects and lessening effectiveness over time make it hard to recommended compared to other mite control methods.

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Beekeeping Barrier Management System for Pest and Disease Control

Beekeeping Barrier Management System

A structured approach in barrier management gives you the best results in pest and disease control. It allows you unique insights into the barriers you establish and their effectiveness. You are also able to follow up and monitor performance of the barriers with ease. The barrier management system for pest and disease control in your beekeeping operation makes the operation safe, with your better understanding of risks.

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Apistan vs Apivar Comparison Review

Apistan vs Apivar - Dead Bees

This article compares Apistan vs Apivar - how they work, their effectiveness and suitability among other things. The similarities and differences between the two miticides are also detailed in this article. It will help beekeepers make the right choices about miticides for use in their apiaries. Additionally, this article helps beekeepers avoid causing miticide resistance in Varroa mites.

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