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mint for mites

Posted by birdiewi 4b/5a WI (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 2, 10 at 21:02

I have been reading quite a bit on using wintergreen, spearmint and peppermint for varroa mite control. Was wondering where is a good place to get the mint oil. Also, has anyone tried planting mint behind or close to the hives?

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RE: mint for mites

My new-bee understanding is a planting of mint, etc in close proximity won't cut it. The bees have to essentially wallow in the oil/extract, to disrupt the mite life cycle. I made patties out of sugar/tea tree extract (from a health food store) and do not see mites in alarming numbers at all. But this is year one for me....

I did a google search on IPM, and found several articles that appeared well documented and consitent. I don't recall the authors at the moment...but do read up, there are some timing guidelines as well.

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