Year Round Organic Treatment Regime for Control of Parasitic Mites Using
Essential Oils and Organic Acids!
(By: Bob Noel and Jim Amrine)
We have a year round organic treatment regime we plan on using next year
on several of our hives, especially with our findings this fall of possible
fluvalinate resistant mites now in our area!
Stages of Treatment:
The following regime is for the Northeastern States. Beekeepers
in other areas that would like to try this system will have to develop a regime
that will work best for them in their area.
In late August, use grease patty treatments. Paper towels may also be used
in conjunction with the grease patties. Replace the patties in the hives up
until Thanksgiving or Christmas, weather permiting. grease patties should
be used throughout the winter.
Remove excess honey supers and feed the emulsifyable essential oils for
a late winter-early spring feeding stimulant. Grease patties may also be used
along with, or without the feeding mix. In our area, weather permitting, we
start feeding on or about February 25. Saturating the brood nest with the
oils at this time of the year, when there is no nectar coming in, helps maintain
vigorous, healthy colonies until late summer or early fall without any other
treatment needed until then. We have observed lower mite counts have been
found in these hives as compared to hives not fed the feeding stimulant. The
hives fed the stimulant are usually ready to split by late March - early April.
If they are not split, they will swarm on the first warm days in April. Discontinue
stimulant feeding when nectar flows begin, or when hives are strong..
The treatment may be fed during dearths of nectar in late summer and early
fall, with honey supers removed.
Check mite percentages in the cells by the end of August. If mite counts
are high, use the Organic Acid treatment with the PVC Deal™ reservoirs and
Note: Most hives readily take the feeding stimulant; some hives may be reluctant
to take the treated syrup at the recommended dose. Start these hives with smaller
doses of concentrate (2 ml per quart) and work up to the recommended dose (5
ml per quart) to temper the hives into taking the treatment. After this, we
increase the treatment to 10ml - 12ml per quart, if desired. Higher concentrations
are good for early spring buildup.