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Oxytetracycline is used as an aid in the prevention of American Foulbrood AFB. The only appropriate use is to prevent hives from becoming infected. If one knows there is AFB in the vicinity antibiotics may prevent your hives from becoming infected as your bees rob hives weakened or killed by foulbrood. Since the bacteria forms spores which are unaffected by antibiotics, treatment will not cure hives that are infected. It will mask signs of the disease, but symptoms will recur after treatment is stopped.
Mix 8.75 grams of Oxytetracycline powder with 1 pound of powdered sugar, then dust the mixture onto the tops of frames. One ounce (2 tablespoons)) is applied 3 times at 4 to 5 day intervals to the top of the frames in the brood chamber. Application should be around the edges of the brood chamber to avoid powder killing uncapped brood.
Oxytet residues can get into honey. For this reason, it should be applied in the spring at least 45 days prior to putting on supers for the honey flow or in the fall after honey supers have been removed
**Note: This amount makes 3 full treatments for 5 hives (approx. 16 doses)
Material: Synthetic Active Ingredient Medication
Date Introduced by Betterbee, Inc.: 12/12/2012
Item Color: White
Active Ingredient: oxytetracyline
Treatment Target: American Foulbrood Disease
Treatment Duration: 3 weeks
Part of IPM Strategy: No
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Treatment Safety Equipment Needed: Yes, Follow All Label Instructions