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  1. #1
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    Default Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    Hello Everyone,

    I hope your all in a good start for the season and are up in almonds this season (I heard prices are up and the bloom is late???).

    Has anyone here been trying the coconut oil in the use of varroa Control?? has anyone done or heard of any efficancy rates in using the oil, proper dosage of oil, residual/how often to apply/ and when to apply?? I done so once in a 1 x 1 inch paper towel, and I had mite drop in some hives but not all, even with varroa present in most hives, one thing I did notice is that hives with fewer bees 4 to 6 frames had a good mite drop because the oil/towel was in place, but as for my stronger hives +9 frames, the bees simply removed the towel/oil out to the entrance thus resulting in low to no mite drop, but are doing quite well. Most of my hives that gotten PMS(Parasitic Mite Syndrome) in Fall/Early winter are recovering slowly/lagging to build up.

    These were based on visual observations, but will continue to try the oil using screened bottom boards/sticky cards to get accurate number of mite drop. Treated(Coconut Oil)/Control hives

    I've also tried the menthol for Tracheal mite in 2011 and that forced my bees out of the boxes to the point that they left the brood/bearded in front of the hive, anyone else observed this as well??? I got a box of 10 to 15 packets/pouches if you want them(FREE).

    Thank you for your time and any knowledge you can share on this topic.

    -Pancho

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    Default Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    I'm interested also.

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    Default Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    I believe Dave Miksa uses a concoction of coconut oil and garlic which he claims works well. You might check with him.

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    Default Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    the amish man i ordered some nucs from recently told me that in the last something like 10 years that all he does for varona control is partialy wet a rag with coconut oil and place the rag over the brood box for a couple of weeks. he does it in the fall after brood laying has stopped.he runs all medium boxes and on the strongest hives he runs a rag over each box.i think he said to use something like an old dish rag so the bees can chew thru it and get the oil on themselves.despite owning a sawmill he uses all plastic hives...this seemed a bit strange to me but he had italians to start with and has not bought any bees or queens in something like 12 years, we are near the canada border in ny.pretty harsh climate

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    Default Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    There's was an article in either Bee Culture or ABJ a while back that disproved the effectiveness of the coconut oil.
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    Default Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    bhfury

    - That would be an interesting article to read on, I thinks its on Bee Culture, Im subscribed to ABJ since Feburary 2012, dont recall seeing it there.
    I will try and find it, do you remember the name of the article or writer???

    - Pancho's bees

    Left out the "Will" part
    Last edited by PanchoBee; 02-28-2013 at 10:42 PM.

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    Default Re: Coconut Oil for varroa mite control

    Amish beekeeping, I saw that not too long ago in wooven Skeps pretty cool to look at, I saw this in/around the area of Wooster, Ohio. we kept bees in ceramic/adobe bowls and sometimes hollowed out trunks in Zacatecas, Mexico when I was young, but mean bees since AHB overwhelmed the European stock there via invading calm hives, but good Mesquite Honey. Im out here in Southern california, perfect winter for bees and varroa, we dont get cold enought to stop brood production, so theirs always brood here and that keeps the varroa going as well. even in absence of nectar or Pollen they'll still produce Brood, Thanks for the response.

    -Pancho's Bees

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