Varroa Destructor Mites (an external parasite) weaken honey bees and can lead to the demise of your hive if left untreated. HopGuard III, a strip form of pesticide, fosters the natural power of hop plants, using an extract with hop beta acids to repel mites. Two strips are applied per brood chamber for 30 days then removed.
Optimal results are achieved by applying HopGuard III when little or no brood is present in the hive. Detailed instructions and precautionary information included.
What are Varroa Mites?
Varroa mites are external parasites that transmit viruses to honey bees which ultimately weakens them. Mites reproduce under the brood cap (cell which contains baby bees) and feed on the developing bee. When the new bee emerges from its cell, more mites emerge with it, and transfer to other brood cells. Due to the exponential nature of Varroa reproduction, colony infestation levels can quickly get out of control. Viruses accumulate in the colony, and higher Varroa levels further weaken the bees, rendering them unable to survive.