Mite Control in Honey Bee Hives
        With Essential Oils & Formic Acid Fumigation       
Last update:  17 May 2006

We use natural essential oils to help control mites (the varroa mite, Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman; and the tracheal mite, Acarapis woodi (Rennie)) in honey bee colonies and to improve the health of honey bee colonies. And, we use our 50% Formic Acid Fumigator to reduce severe populations of varroa mites.

Our four-part protocol in managing honey bees includes the following:

1. Screened Bottom Boards
Screened Bottom Boards
2. Feeding Essential Oils to Honey Bees -
3. Wintergreen-Salt Grease Patties -
Wintergreen Grease Patties
4. The 50% Formic Acid Fumigator -
The 50% Formic Acid Fumigator
In doing this work, we often use many different measurements. The reader may find this page useful -
Useful Equivalents and Measures
Please see our presentations on these and similar topics -
50% Formic Acid Fumigator in Florida - April 2006
Formic Acid Fumigator
Tracheal Mite Control - Grease Patties
Screened Bottom Boards
Tracheal Mites
Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman 2000 Mesostigmata: Varroidae

Movie Clips
Reversal of Parasitic Mite Syndrome
Using the Detector Board
Mite Drop after 50% Formic Acid
Results of Feeding Honey-B-Healthy
Recent Articles
Formic Acid Fumigator for Controlling Varroa Mites in Honey Bee Hives - James Amrine
Related Links
Preliminary Results Of Our Four-fold Integrated Pest Management: (IPM) - WVU Department of Entomology
Formic Acid Safety Data - David A. Cushman

Original Web Site Files -

 Bob Noel, 108 Blackiston Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502, telephone 301-724-3529, is the brains behind our protocols. He is the inventor of Honey-B-HealthyŽ and of the 50% Formic Acid Fumigator. For more information, please visit his web site at http://rnoel.50megs.com/2000/index.htm

This site is administered by Professor James Amrine, Entomologist & Acarologist, West Virginia University, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, P. O. Box 6108, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6108, USA. Telephone: 304-293-6023, Fax: 304-293-2960, cell: 304-319-1310.  E-mail: James.Amrine@mail.wvu.edu