Treatment for Tracheal Mites

According to the Tennessee State Apiarist, a significant portion of the losses last winter were due to tracheal mites. This is partially due to a change in Varroa mite treatments. Previous chemical treatments were effective on both the Varroa and the Tracheal mites but many of them are no longer available. The Oxalic acid treatments have been very effective on the Varroa but they have no effect on the Tracheal mite. As a result we are beginning to see a reappearance of the pest. At Hon Taylor Honeybees we have small cell bees which are less susceptible because they have a smaller trachea. That is more difficult for the mite to enter. But it is not 100% so we are now treating our bees for

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