The DC Beekeepers Alliance is offering a new service to help get ahead of colony losses in our hometown. We are formalizing a process for organizing and funding this program, and are asking you to sign up if interested.
We are committed to reducing hive losses due to transmission of varroa mites and their associated viruses across the overlapping apiaries of Washington, DC.
Free to members once a year, and for $15 to non-members per apiary containing fewer than 5 colonies, we can provide an oxalic acid vaporization for the control of varroa mites during either mid-Winter or early Spring. Oxalic acid is one of a few mite control methods that can be used in the context of an overall Certified Organically Grown apiary. We are signing beeyards up by ANC.
Oxalic acid vaporization involves the use of portable gear positioned through the hive entrance to evaporate the acid throughout the colony, killing mites outside of brood cells. Oxalic acid is not effective against mites within cells. There are risks in this process: the DC Beekeepers Alliance accepts no liability for injuries to beekeepers or colony losses due to or after vaporization. We require the presence and participation of the beekeeper/colony owner at the time of treatment. Safety gear must be worn at all times and will be provided.
Sessions will be scheduled for Saturdays during December, January, and February and will be grouped by ANC to ensure efficiency. We will notify you of the date for your area, and attempt to schedule based on majority convenience. After we receive your sign up/request, we will contact you to provide (via email) preferences for which weekends work for you. We cannot guarantee a specific day at this time. The beekeeper must be present and participate in the fumigation process.