- Animals: bees
- Animal Production: parasite control
- Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research
- Pest Management: integrated pest management
- Production Systems: organic agriculture
The abrupt collapse of honeybee populations makes finding ways to address Varroa and tracheal mites increasingly urgent. The farmer will investigate whether a fog form of mineral oil and thymol, a natural plant extract, can be used as an alternative pesticide in a cost-effective, environmentally sound way. The results of the project will be disseminated through a producer publication, extension, a county association, and an on-farm demonstration.
Project objectives from proposal: