Varroosis (also known as Varroatosis) is a disease that is spread to bees by a parasite called Varroa Destructor. It is common in European honey bees and, if left untreated, can cause infestation in a colony leading to its collapse. Symptoms of this disease include stunted growth, decreased lifespan and weight of adult bees, deformed wings, decreased fertility and reduced water levels. The Varroa mite can have a life expectancy of up to 5 months, but commonly lives for 2-3 months in the UK. They reproduce on a 10 day cycle and spread easily from bee to bee attaching themselves to the bees body and sucking their blood and leaving open wounds, which can then become easily infected. They can spread to other bees and larvae with disastrous effects to these colonies and Varroosis continues to be the most destructive disease to bees worldwide.
Acarapidosis is an internal parasite that affects the respiratory system of adult honey bees. It causes disease and death and can impact with rapidly.
There are treatments available to combat these mites, Muravinka is a tried and tested successful method.It can be used against Varoosis and Acarapidosis mites. It is an acaricidal drug which contains an active substance formic acid (80.0%) and gellant. It has a sharp acaricidal effect against adult forms of Varroa and Acarapis mites, and works through inhalation of acid fumes. Instructions should be carefully followed when using this colourless gel like mass.The treatment of bee colonies with varroatosis is carried out twice, and in acarapidosis - three times, with an interval of 7 days at the rate of 1 packet per 1 family. Treatment must be finished no later than 14 days prior to the start of the main honey collection
This drug is not toxic to bees and if used correctly, will not harm them or their productivity at all. These diseases must be controlled in order to keep a healthy and productive colony, Muravinka is a very effective method that can help you achieve that.
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