Natural, chemical and drug free, the following is a guide to making your own free treatment to combat the parasitic invader “Varroa Destructor.”
With seven known types of honeybees, only a few have a natural resistance to the parasitic invader Varroa Destructor. This resistance is known as “hygienic response.” Gentle honeybees, like the European bee do not possess this hygienic response naturally and are fooled into seeing these invaders as another bee through the pheromones and smells they produce. Zitavex Foundation has researched these natural behaviors and has discovered a way to allow the bees themselves to repel these parasites.
HOW TO PREPARE A 1 GALLON MIXTURE
Using a new or clean sprayer that has the ability to make a very fine mist is ideal. A sprayer with an electrical blower and smoke size droplets is preferred. The hope is to cover every single bee and living space inside the beehive. Remove openings and spray between supers and brood boxes as thoroughly as possible.
½ Gallon of honey, local if possible
½ Gallon of clean water
1 tablespoon lemon grass oil
In the early morning or dusk to ensure as many bees are in the hive as possible. Use between 1 to 2 pints on each hive. Watch to make sure the mist and droplets come out of all openings. It is better to use too much than not enough.
Allow 24 to 48 hours for the bees to clean each other and the hive. Repeat this process as often as necessary; the bees love the free honey!
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