West Georgia Beekeepers Association
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Jennifer Leavey: Which Varroa treatments really work?
Mentoring @ 6:30 *** Meeting @ 7:00
Message regarding statement made at June meeting about use of Oxalic Acid Vapor while honey supers are present.
I was wrong in reference to the OAV method with honey supers in place.
Can I perform OAV with supers in place?
No, you must remove them or place a barrier between the brood nest and
the supers. Cardboard or coroplast serve well as a barrier. You can
replace the supers or remove the barrier after all the vapors have
subsided and new crystals formed. To be safe, wait approximately 15
minutes after you've removed all the seals to the Hive.
I do not want any of the members of our association to have a problem
with their honey production. Sorry to cause confusion and to miss
state the proper procedure as outlined above.
John P. Foran
Prevent wax moths on your drawn frames
How To Report Pesticide Kills
In order to get the legislation's attention, bee kills must be reported. If you find your bees dead in a huge pile in front of your hive, you have a bee kill. You can and should report your bee kills to both state and national agencies.
In Georgia, bee kills should be reported to the Georgia Department of Agriculture: Nancy Hall 404-656-7371. Her email is email@example.com.
On a federal level, report to the EPA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to learn more about reporting bee kills, check out the Honey Bee Health Coalition Quick Guide to Reporting a Bee Kill Incident.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council can be of great help in reporting bee kill incidences.
Treating Varroa with Oxalic Acid
Oxalic acid is approved for treating Varroa mites by the dribble method or the vaporization method by the EPA and the state of Georgia. The glycerin shop towel method of delivery is not yet approved by the EPA or the State of Georgia.
Randy Oliver ("The scientific beekeeper") is pursuing the development and EPA approval for the "Shop towel / Glycerin" method of delivery of oxalic acid for the treatment of varroa mites on honeybees. Jennifer Berry (head of the UGA beelab) is researching this application method of oxalic acid for the treatment of varroa mites.
This information is presented for your information only and West Georgia Beekeepers Association does not condone the use of oxalic acid in a manner that is not legally approved by the EPA and the State of Georgia.
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