Varroa mites are a serious threat to beekeepers. They are tiny red-brown parasites resembling the ticks you see on livestock. These invasive pests may feed and live on adult bees but their main focus is on developing brood. This is where the varroa mite future generation feed and thrive, causing malformation and weakening of the honey bees. They also transmit numerous viruses within and outside the honey bee colony. It is therefore the responsibility of the beekeeper to protect and treat the bee colony against varroa mite infestation. If no action taken, the mites can wipe out a bee colony within 2 to 3 years. The Taktic Amitraz Varroa Mite Treatment is specially formulated to curtail the effects of the dangerous pests.
About the Product
This is a special formulation for prevention and treatment of varroa mites. It is composed of 12.5 percent of Amitraz and is an acaricidal drug working as systemic and contact drug. It has moderate toxicity to warm blooded animals. It is however safe for honey bees and will only target the varroa mites. It will not affect the normal productivity, growth, or activities of the bee colony.
Efficacy and Usage
This product contains the potent Amitraz compound that has been proven to discriminately target the varroa mites. It works best under temperature conditions of not less than 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). It should also be applied during fall when the number of broods is at its lowest.
An emulsion is prepared before application. Mix 5ml of the product with 100ml of purified kerosene. This will be sufficient for 50 honey bee colonies. The product is sprayed in the form of smoke, with 1 to 2 clubs of smoke being sufficient for each honey bee colony. You can also use a syringe whereby you apply a drop of the solution on bees.
You should avoid an overdose of the product since it is dangerous for your bees. As a matter of fact, bee colonies that are smaller in size should not be treated with the product.
Testing should be conducted to ascertain its therapeutic effectiveness and safety before mass application of on an entire apiary. This should include a veterinarian and will entail an application of the drug on a small bee population, then monitoring their response.
The product should be kept in a dry, dark place and under room temperature. The package should also be unopened. With all precautions observed, this product will last for 2 years from the date of manufacture.