Cedar: a control for varroa mites

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $5,215.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:
John O'Meara
O'Meara Family Farm


  • Animals: bees


  • Animal Production: parasite control
  • Pest Management: botanical pesticides, integrated pest management
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    This project will evaluate the effectiveness of northern white cedar in controlling varroa mites. One test group will have hives treated with cedar shavings, one with hives constructed of cedar, and one untreated control group. Varroa mite populations will be monitored over one year and hives will be evaluated for honey production, overall strength, and their ability to survive the winter. Outreach will be through articles, presentations, a brochure, and high school and university classes.

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