Sunday, March 7, 2010
Medications needed to control honey bee conditions, such as Nosema disease, can be applied in syrup fed in the late winter and early spring before supers are added to collect spring and summer honey. To ensure the medicated syrup is taken up rapidly by the bees, a feeding stimulant containing essential oils is added to the syrup. A new strain of Nosema has been identified as one of the possible contributing factors in Colony Collapse Disorder. Rita is feeding medicated sugar syrup flavored with essential oils of lemon grass, peppermint, tea tree, and wintergreen to a colony of bees that will be used to produce queens later in the spring.