Bee Cozy winter wraps have shielded Honey bees from harsh Canadian winters for over 25 years. These easy to use – slip-on, slip-off – UV treated polypropylene wraps contain environmentally friendly R8 fiberglass, just the insulating layer your bees need to winter successfully. The Bee Cozy protects your hives from freezing winter temperatures and provides a windbreak for breezy locations. Slip the Bee Cozy on your bee hives in late fall to prevent unnecessary heat loss and conserve feed stores. Your bees will brood up faster, so you can split earlier in the spring and be ready for the honey flow. The Bee Cozy helps beekeepers to ‘wrap up’ overwintering and move into spring with stronger, healthier brood and bees!
The Bee Cozies are reusable year a er year, so when you calculate it out, they are not be prohibitively expensive, especially if it saves you from having to order more bees. I’ve gotten ve years out of mine so far, and I don’t see an issue going forward.
This method of wintering hives uses one insulated black wrap that goes over each hive individually. is has got to be the easiest way to winter hives in that, it is very little work. In 4 easy steps the hive is ready for winter.
Formic Pro™ Efficacy Trial In the fall of 2017, the efficacy of Formic Pro™ to reduce infestations of varroa mite (Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman) in colonies of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) was tested. A total of 36 colonies were divided into three treatment groups. One treatment group (n = 12) received five separate doses of liquid formic acid at a concentration of 65% across a twenty day period, while the other two treatment groups were treated with strips of Formic Pro™ either with two strips for 14 days (n = 12) or two consecutive rounds of a single strip, each for 10 days (n= 12). The 65% liquid formic acid was used as a standard to compare the efficacy of Formic Pro¡ pads. All three treatments reduced mite infestations, but the Formic Pro™ treatments resulted in the greatest mite mortality during the treatment period. Mean mite drop in both Formic Pro™ treatment groups was significantly greater than the liquid formic treatment in the first post-formic “clean up” monitoring period (D+27 – D+33). Based on this trial, #FormicPro™ appears to be an effective tool for the control of varroa mite in Nova Scotia.
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