Disease and Pests

1 - Bee Health App

2 - Treating for Varroa Mites

3 - Dealing with Ants

2 - Treating for Varroa Mites:

Learn more about Varroa - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_destructor

Varroa mites can and likely will be a problem for you if they are left un-managed. You will have difficulty overwintering, your bees may abscond, your queen might fail, you might have "angry" bees or you may start noticing deformed bees if left unchecked. Manage early (measure mite levels and treat if required - Alcohol wash/powdered sugar shake) and you will not have any problems up here (low density of honey bees and long brood breaks at 4-6 months) or wait a year when the mite population spikes and you will learn the hard way (I did). The mites are also the main vector for many of the bee viruses. They feed on Fat Body tissue (organ that has 9 main functions). All 9 are negatively impact by varroa.

OAV is a very effective organic method of treatment. That I have been using for the past 3 years with very good success.

OAV Oxalic Acid Vapourization - Write up - If you decide to use just follow the instructions (use PPE or be 100% sure of the wind direction). http://beekeepingnaturally.co.uk/varroa-mite-treatment-us…/…

3 - Dealing with Ants

•Try cinnamon powder around the hive (soft approach)

•Use ant bait traps (hard approach)

•Use vaseline on your stand legs to prevents from reaching hive