GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 18

After lunch on Thursday I dropped a level to Intermediate in order to enjoy a very lively talk by Eleanor Attridge on Varroa Treatments. Eleanor is the FIBKA Bee Health Officer.  Her lecture was based on treatments currently legal in Eire and so, if you’re not there, you need to check your local laws before following her advice.

Medication is a last resort and some beekeepers have reported problems with medication.   With new products some beekeepers weren’t applying them correctly. Instructions must be followed exactly.  18% of beekeepers aren’t using medication.

MAQS (Mite Away Quick Strips) are a strong formic acid treatment. There must be 6 frames of brood in the hive when using. 2 pads per brood box at a temperature over 10C.

Oxalic acid is not licenced, only Apibioxal.

COLOSS returns are showing that unapproved medicines are being used.

Bayvarol – 4 strips for 4 weeks.  Beekeepers forget to take the treatments out and don’t rotate the treatment with others, resulting in resistance building up.

Apiguard is a thymol gel. 1 tray for 14 days followed by  a second for 4 weeks. The temperature should be at least 15C.

Apibioxal. Mix 1:1 sugar solution with the product and dribble 5cc per seam, strangely like the Oxalic acid instructions.  You can also use it for vapourising.

Varroamed is a new one.

Apivar – 2 strips per brood box.  Change the frames in the spring as it contaminates the wax.

It’s important to use a range of medications (or none) in rotation to prevent resistance building up in the mites.

Then it was tea break.  In one of the shops I bought a feeder device that fits on a water bottle.

Then the Queen knighted me!  As I bowed before her she patted me on shoulders and pate and commanded “Arise Sir Chris.”


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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1 Response to GORMANSTON 2018 – Part 18

  1. The Apiarist says:

    Hello Chris (er, Sir Chris)
    I’m pretty certain that Apivar (Amitraz) isn’t wax soluble and therefore doesn’t accumulate … the instructions do not mention changing frames. In contrast, Apistan – all the other pyrethroids – are all wax soluble and accumulate. Traces of these are present in most or all commercially available foundation.



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