IPM for HONEY BEE PESTS, PARASITES, PATHOGENS and PREDATORS
PESTS: Wax Moths and Small Hive Beetles
- Keep all of your unused combs in mothproof stacks or in a mothproof room or building, preferably unheated. Tape cracks between supers or repair supers so they fit tightly together. Inspect regularly! Treat with Para-moth® or Fumigator® at first sign of wax moth.
- The best solution for wax moths during the winter is to keep your combs in an unheated, mothproof room where they will freeze during the winter, but not be re-infected in the spring.
- To minimize damage from Small Hive Beetles:
- Extract honey within one week of removing it from the hive and return supers to hives or place in cold storage.
- Keep your honey house scrupulously clean.
- Return extracted supers to the hive to be cleaned out. Place them above an escape board (an inner cover with the center hole left open) in the evening or on a cold or rainy day to avoid robbing. Do not set them outside to be robbed out.
PARASITES: Parasitic Mites and Nosema
PATHOGENS: AFB and Other Diseases
- If you have not already done so, initiate fall treatment for Varroa destructor with Mite-Away II, Apistan, CheckMite+ or Api-Life VAR after removing honey crop.
- Initiate treatment for tracheal mites with Mite-Away II, Mite-A-thol or a grease patty after removing honey crop.
- Wear nitrile rubber gloves when handling Apistan or CheckMite+. See the labels for Api-Life VAR and Mite-Away II for special handling instructions.
- If your bees are rearing brood through October, you will need to exchange drone combs one more time during the last two weeks of October.
- Feed 2 gallons of 2:1 sugar syrup (by weight) with Fumidil-B or Fumigilin-B for control of Nosema apis after removing honey crop.
- No specific action required.
- Always abate AFB colonies when you find them.
- If you are unsure about a diagnosis, send a sample to the Bee Research Laboratory for analysis.