The reason that's on the label is because it's considered a miteacide.
If purified water would kill mites and you was going to use that as a miteacide they would recommend you take the supers off simply because it's considered a miteacide.
I recommend you follow directions but that's my two cents.
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5 Production colonies, 1 side by side 5 frame nuc for support- 7 working queens is all I want.
never mind i just stated what has already been said above. lol
John, do you use a filler board to block the gap when the cover is not in place? Seems like a really large upper entrance for the bees to defend, and right next to the honey too.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.
JW I will restrict the entrance a little when I first super up but once the flow starts that will be wide open and be the main entrance. Once the nectar flow begins there will be no robbing going on, I can actuall leave open honey around and the bees pay no attention to it. Just dont leave any honey around when the flow is over.
Why in the world do you want to contaminate your hive with OA?
It is obvious you do not understand the life cycle of the Varro mite.
If you get your bees back to their natural state 4.9 mm or smaller!
You will eliminate the Varro mite problem!
Do the reaserch, the Varro mite was never a problem until man thought, bigger is better.
I have natural bees sized hives, have zero problem with mites
Somwhere I hear a jackass braying in the wilderness.
My comment was for Airwreck. As in, I've heard that before.
Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014.