Treatment of bees with lactic acid: how to properly treat a tick

Treatment of bees with lactic acid: how to properly treat a tick

Lactic acid is a monobasic carboxylic acid, which under normal conditions is a clear syrup-like liquid. The composition has a barely noticeable sour smell. The substance is used as an environmentally friendly and effective acaricidal drug. Treating bees with lactic acid can get rid of Varroa mites.

Lactic acid in beekeeping

The substance is a natural component of pollen, because during its ripening lactic fermentation is observed. The additional volume of the drug that the beekeeper injects into the hive does not provoke the development of resistance in parasites.

The use of the product helps to improve the condition and physiological state of the bees. Also, the substance helps to increase their life expectancy and limit the development of microorganisms. In addition, the composition strengthens the natural immunity of bees. Therefore, the treatment of insects with organic acids is widely used in European countries and in America.

How to treat bees with lactic acid

To get rid of a tick with the help of the drug, you need to properly process it. To prepare a highly effective solution, you should use boiled and chilled water. Its temperature should be +30-35 degrees.

Bees are recommended to be treated with a special fine sprayer. First, you should remove 1-2 frames with honey and bee bread. After that, one by one it is worth taking out and spraying the frames with bees.

It is important to direct the aerosol jet at the bees from a distance of 35-40 centimeters. In this case, the angle with respect to the frame should be 45 degrees. This avoids penetration of the substance into cells with open brood. For each cell, you will need to use 8-10 milliliters of the drug.

Bee families should be processed at a temperature not exceeding +14 degrees. It is recommended to do this in the spring after flying around insects and sanitary cleaning of the hives. In this case, it is worth carrying out 2 treatments with an interval of 10 days.

In summer and autumn, bee colonies should also be processed 2 times with an interval of 10 days. This is done after the main collection of honey and pumping out the product before the formation of an insect club. It is best to spray between September 1 and 15.

When working with the drug, you must be careful and follow the rules of personal hygiene. At the same time, honey made by processed insects is allowed to be consumed without restrictions.

Processing bees with this type of preparation helps to achieve excellent results. This procedure protects insects from Varroa mites and makes bee colonies stronger.

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