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Varroa Mite Oxalic Acid Treatment – Beekeeping 101 – GardenFork


(bossa nova music) – Hey everyone! Welcome to beginning beekeeping. This is a Varroa mite treatment video. The end of the season here. This is a sugar feeder that they’re no longer
pulling sugar down from. Wow, they’re buzzing. I’m gonna get my smoker, hold on. (puffs from the smoker) Gonna do a video about lighting
your smoker sometime soon. This has sugar syrup in it so I’m gonna have to kinda gently lift it up. These guys are gonna be a little cranky. It’s cold out. They’re gonna be a little defensive. So, I’ve got a bunch of bees here. We wanna smoke them down
into, between the frames. We have an oxalic acid mix. Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring acid. It is in rhubarb, spinach and
also trace amounts in honey. A lot of people are using this
now as a fall mite treatment. The idea is that this will kill the mites and you wanna do it late in the year when there isn’t a lot of brood
or no brood in the hive because this will not kill mites that are sealed in the brood. I’m gonna have a 50 milliliter syringe. I got this at the agricultural store. You can order these online. I’ll link below where you can order them. And I’ve got my oxalic acid mix. I’m gonna pull up 50 milliliters. So I have 50 milliliters
of oxalic acid, now. This is a sugar syrup solution
with oxalic acid in it. Now we’re gonna dribble it in the frames. I’m gonna do five milliliters per seam. This is a ten frame hive. I got a little left so I’m gonna go where the bees are most concentrated. I learned this from Rusty
at HoneyBeeSuite.com. I’ll link to her information
in the show notes. This is our second hive. So, I just smoked these down. See how they’re kinda looking up there? I don’t know if you can see that. So, this dribbles outta
here fairly quickly. (bees buzzing) It takes a little bit of practice. (bees buzzing) Ideally, it’s five milliliters per slot. Yeah, I know that’s a queen cage that I never pulled out but… This hive looks good. They rose up to meet me. It’s about 45 degrees out, 40 degrees. I’m gonna put this last bit where they’re most concentrated
in the middle, here. (bees buzzing) There ya go. Fifty milliliters per hive. In an upcoming video I’ll
talk about how we insulate and wrap the outside of the hive. I’ll link below in the
show notes to our website about a post I did about this. If you guys like what you’re seeing here, we put out videos like this
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