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

Last update: 17 May 2006 - See this page for updated resources

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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
  2. Feeding Essential Oils to Honey Bees -
  3. Wintergreen-Salt Grease Patties -
  4. The 50% Formic Acid Fumigator -

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-HealthyŽ 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: