Pest Management & Medications

What’s your mite count? Hive pest management is one of the most important things to know as a beekeeper. We recommend regular sugar shakes or drop tests to keep track of your mite levels. Using medication in your hive to control these pests should only be done when necessary to prevent adding undue stress to your bees.

In addition to Varroa mite treatments, we also carry products to treat, prevent or test for Wax Moth, American and European foulbrood, Noesma, Small Hive Beetle and mice. These hive pest medications and tests will help keep your hive healthy and productive.

And as of January 1, 2017 we are no longer able to sell antibiotics that beekeepers have used in the past to treat American Foulbrood. Beekeepers now need permission from a veterinarian to administer these antibiotics. Dr. Chris Cripps, Betterbee part-owner, beekeeper and veterinarian is part of the effort to educate veterinarians about honey bee health and antibiotic use. Please visit to learn more.

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