Varroa Mites will kill your hive. It is prudent to do mite treatments both in the Fall and the Spring — especially after a mild winter — but be aware that not all treatments are safe for honey production and should only be done after the honey has been harvested.
The Mississippi State University Extension produced a great article on Managing Varroa Mites in Honey Bee Colonies. It is well worth the read if you are new to beekeeping, as Varroa is the number one concern for local beekeepers.
Rather than endorse one specific treatment, we are going to list only products used within our local club. All of these can be obtained from a local bee supplier, but pay attention to the expiration date when purchasing.
- Formic Pro
- Mite Away Quick Strips
- Oxalic Acid
There are numerous videos utilizing all of these products. Each beekeeper needs to research each product and determine which one will work the best for their individual circumstance. You must comply with the particular treatment instructions or you will either kill queens/bees or the treatment will not be effective enough to kill most of the mites and you could lose your hive(s).