Results of Alternate Usage of Apistan Strips and Formic Acid for Mite Control in Honeybee Colonies

1998 Annual Report for FNC98-230

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1998: $4,951.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
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Results of Alternate Usage of Apistan Strips and Formic Acid for Mite Control in Honeybee Colonies

Summary

Effective mite control can help restore honeybee populations, increase honey production and enhance pollination of crops.

Objective: To evaluate the success of alternating the use of formic acid and apistan strips for control of ‘Verroa’ mites in honeybee colonies.

The producer used 50 hives in the demonstration. Twenty-five hives received only apistan treatment in early April and late August. The other 25 received an apistan treatment in April and a formic acid treatment in late August.

Results: Mite control was somewhat better in hives treated with formic acid. Honey production was about equal in both treatments. The project was extended three months to gather data on winter survival and mite infestation.

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