If it’s already fall and you need to treat for varroa mites again, or maybe for the first time, you may be wondering if you still can — and the answer is yes! Deciding whether your hive needs mite treatment is the first step. After completing a mite count, consider the time of year and your local climate to figure out which varroa mite treatment is best for you.
So, how late can you treat for varroa mites? Although late summer treatment (probably following a mid-summer treatment) is the best way to protect your winter bees, a delayed treatment in late fall is better than no treatment at all. However, you may use different varroa treatment options depending on the time of year and the status of your hive.
When you’re choosing the best varroa mite treatment in fall, consider that:
All of these factors need to be taken into account when choosing a treatment method, especially at the tail end of the season when temperatures are changing rapidly. That's why it's impossible to say which treatment is best for every beekeeper in the fall — the answer depends on too many factors to provide a single ideal option.
If you need help sorting all these factors out, we'll be glad to help. Please call our Customer Service staff at (800) 632-3379 for expert advice about the best options for your hives in your area. For more beekeeping tips and advice, explore our Beekeeper Guide.