Mite Control in Honey Bee Hives
With Essential Oils & Formic Acid Fumigation

Last update: 25 March 2010

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Described below are uses of 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. Also described is use of a 50% Formic Acid Fumigator to reduce severe populations of varroa mites.

Information for saving your honey bees:

  1. New parasite of Honey Bees in North America: Nosema ceranae (PDF)
  2. The "Drench", what it is, how and why it works:
  3. Paper pad technique to control Varroa Mites (PDF)
  4. "Grease Patties" to eliminate Tracheal Mites and reduce Varroa Mites (PDF)
  5. Protein Crisis in honey bees:
  6. Colony Collapse Disorder:

In doing this work, many different measurements are used. The reader may find this page useful: Useful Equivalents and Measures

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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-Healthy® and of the 50% Formic Acid Fumigator.

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: