Tag: treatments

Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Randy Oliver is testing the effectiveness of oxalic acid soaked shop towels against varroa mites. And has some new results. This approach appears promising for anyone who wants to effectively treat for varroa without contaminating the bees, equipment or the environment. It’s simple. Blue shop […]

Mushrooms and Bee Disease

Mushrooms and Bee Disease

Using natural beekeeping methods increases colony vitality, health and resiliency. But natural beekeeping is expensive in time and energy. So, it’s not suitable for everyone, especially some commercial beekeepers. They, like their bees, are worked to the maximum. With little time, and thin profit margins, […]

SymBeeotic

SymBeeotic

I think this is the first commercial probiotic supplement for bees. A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” […]

Beehive Probiotic News

Beehive Probiotic News

Here’s an interesting link to a Cosmos article describing some bee gut bacteria transfer experiments. Previous research demonstrated how honeybee gut bacteria increase disease resistance. For me, the implications are clear. Running bees un-naturally makes a cascade of unintended consequences. That’s been my own beekeeping […]

Randy Oliver – Scientific Beekeeping

Randy Oliver – Scientific Beekeeping

What does a non-migratory Wyoming beekeeper do when the winds are howling and the snow blowing? This one turns down the thermostat. Fires up the infra-red heater. Kicks back and reads. I’ve visited Randy Oliver’s  Scientific Beekeeping site. If you haven’t been there, take the […]

Too few mites? I know the feeling.

Too few mites? I know the feeling.

The Doldrums I setup a test yard of conventional hives and starting counting mites in 1996. Natural mite drop was counted daily in a few hives, twice-a-week in half the hives, and once a week in the rest. I’d count them this way about 9 […]

Too few mites to study? Naturally!

Too few mites to study? Naturally!

Dr. Wyatt Mangum was keeping top bar hive bees and writing for the American Bee Journal for years. The June 2010 issue, page 581, is an interesting read. It’s his “Fourth Annual Report on the Coexistence of my North Carolina Bees with Varroa”. From the […]

Fire In The Hole!

Fire In The Hole!

Well, I had occasion to dig out the old DIY oxalic evaporator. Yep, I still had a couple of them after all these years. It even surprised me, after moving around the country several times. Some new Teflon tape and they were as good as […]