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Oxalic acid can
kill varroa and tracheal mite, but is primarily used for varroa
treatment where it gives the best results.
Oxalic acid dihydrate / C2H2O2 x 2H2O / Oxalic-2-hidrate is what we
talk about here, from now on referred to as oxalic acid.
It can be found in nature in small quantities, so it is not something
mixed up in a lab somewhere.
You can find it in chocolate, coffee, spinach, strawberries, mango,
potato, tomato and in honey also.
You can use it on bees even through the winter if you can catch few
days with temperatures above freezing.
You should mix 7.5 parts of oxalic acid with 100 parts water and 100
parts sugar, and that is a recommended dose.
Amounts range from 20 ml of solution for small up to 50 ml for strong
So 5 ml is the dosage applied to one frame full of bees.
You can use ordinary medical syringe cause then you can see the exact
Treatment should be undertaken at almost any time when there is no
brood in the hive to get greater efficiency, so late autumn and early
winter is the best.
Apply in late
autumn / early winter to:
-get maximum efficiency ( up to 95% ) because there is no brood and no
varroa mites protected inside capped brood cells,
-any acid there will be dissolved till next season comes, so it will
not show up in honey.
Also it should
not be used more than once in three months.
It is possible to obtain very high varroa mortality rate using oxalic
Outer temperature should be well above freezing when applying.
Solution should be warmed to room temperature.
Breathing mask, gloves and eye protection must be worn while working
with oxalic acid.
Any solution made must be used within few weeks cause it cannot last
actually three methods of applying oxalic acid:
not require to dismantle hive as spraying does, it is cheaper, faster
and very good results are obtained.
Also it does not require any other special equipment as vaporizing
does, so it is preferred method of applying.
Extreme precaution is needed when working with oxalic acid.
You need to
protect against :
- coming in contact with your skin,
- coming in contact with your eyes,
- against inhaling it,
- against swallowing it.
It is very
irritating to eyes and skin.
In case of it coming in contact with skin or eyes, wash with large
amounts of water and in all cases seek immediate medical help.
It is important to know that it can be lethal if swallowed. Bees
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