Oxalic Acid Part 1
We have shared, in 3-part video form (got a GOPRO for Christmas in 2014!), our testing of the oxalic acid protocol on a group of our hives. Oxalic Acid Part 1 is the first of these three videos. Oxalic acid should be used during a period of little to no brood. Although the mystery of how oxalic acid actually works to kill the mites has not been solved, experiments conducted by researchers have indicated that mites under capped brood have not been diminished but the impact on phoretic mites is astounding. Reports indicate that oxalic acid used as a mite treatment have removed up to 98% of phoretic varroa mites and is an effective treatment during the months of November through February (no brood). Researchers suggest using oxalic acid once per winter season.
Oxalic Acid has proven itself as an effective mite treatment for years outside of the United States. In late 2015 oxalic acid was approved for use in bee hives to control varroa mites. Although we shared this information originally in our blog in February of 2015, the information contained therein was shared as research information. You may now use this same video and application method. As always, please follow label instructions. You may acquire an Oxalic Acid Kit from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
We had not experimented previously with oxalic acid as a mite treatment. Protocols on its proper mixing and application were not published by a reputable enough source to make us feel comfortable in testing such a product. In January of 2015, we attended the American Beekeepers Federation and attended a session by the Ontario Beekeepers Association Tech Transfer Team.
We had confidence in the OBA-TTT and they have proven themselves through their scientific approach towards practical beekeeping. They shared their protocols for using oxalic acid as a mite treatment (legal in Canada) and a practical application method. You may now find all of the same instructions and application methodology on the product label available from Brushy Mountain