Varroa Mite Control Part 2: Applying Bee Medicine

Apiguard
Apiguard

Following-on from my earlier post,  I will now show the reader how to apply Apiguard which is a bee medicine.  Apiguard comes in the form of a can that sits on top of the brood frames.  Because of the height of the can, above 20mm an eke is required to raise the height between the brood box and the crown board.

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Apiguard can
Apiguard can

Apiguard comes in a can with a foil lid which peels off.  The bees then walk over the medicine contained within the can.

Block to help bees access the rapid feeder.
Block to help bees access the rapid feeder.

I am still continuing to feed the bees with a rapid feeder.  To help the bees reach the feeder which sits on the crown board over the eke, I am placing a off-cut from the eke on top of the brood frames.

Cleaned varroa board
Cleaned varroa board

Before I begin to open-up the hive, I have thoroughly cleaned the varroa board with soda water.  I do this so when I return to the hive next week it will be easily visible what effect the Apiguard has had.

Hive dismantled to broodbox.
Hive dismantled to broodbox.

I dismantle the hive back to the brood box.

Eke placed above brood box.
Eke placed above brood box.

I place the eke on the brood box.

Eke accommodating block.
Eke accommodating block.

I place the block of wood in the centre of the hive so it is near to the hole in the crown board.

Eke containing Apiguard and block.
Eke containing Apiguard and block.

I open the can of Apiguard, with the medicine face-up and positioning it in the corner of the eke.

Opened tin of Apiguard placed in the corner of the eke.
Opened tin of Apiguard placed in the corner of the eke.
Crown board without porter escape.
Crown board without porter escape.
Crown Board with porter escape.
Crown Board with porter escape.

I insert a porter escape in the second hole in the crown board, but leave the centre hole open for the rapid feeder.  I want the bees to feed but I don’t want them to reside in the super because I want all of them to get into contact with the Apiguard.

Feeder placed above hole in rapid feeder.
Feeder placed above hole in rapid feeder.

I place the feeder over the centre hole and top-up the feeder with syrup.

Super is returned to hive to accommodate rapid feeder.

I place the super on top of the crown board to accommodate the rapid feeder.

Completed hive with eke
Completed hive with eke

I place the roof on the hive.  I shall return next week to the hive to see how the Apiguard is progressing.

Completed hive with eke

UPDATE 14 SEPTEMBER 2012 – See the next blog called Varroa Mite Control Part 3: Second Tin of Apiguard

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3 thoughts on “Varroa Mite Control Part 2: Applying Bee Medicine

  1. Unless your bees need emergency feeding you might want to delay beginning your autumn feeding until the Apiguard’s over. The Vita FAQs at http://www.vita-europe.com/wp-content/uploads/VitaApiguardFAQ201208.pdf say:

    8. Q: Can I feed my colonies whilst using Apiguard?
    A: Yes and No. The recommendation is not to apply Apiguard whilst feeding simultaneously in case the bees spend all their time taking the feed and not bothering to clean out the Apiguard gel. This is not a high risk and will vary between different colonies, so if you have to feed and treat at the same time, try it in a few colonies first and see how the bees react.

    Best wishes

    Emily

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