For Small Hive Beetles
Currently, the only registered treatment for small hive beetle in Canada is through the use of CheckMite+®. Although this treatment may reduce the numbers of small hive beetles in a honey bee colony, it may not completely eliminate the infestation. CheckMite+® is relatively toxic to bees and humans; appropriate care is required in application (as with any treatment), so read and follow the label instructions carefully. The following instructions are not the full instructions listed on the label and should not be used in their place.
Treatments must be applied at a time when bees are not producing a surplus honey crop and honey supers have been removed. Use one strip of CheckMite+® per hive. Remove honey super before the application of CheckMite+® strips. DO NOT REPLACE HONEY SUPERS UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE STRIPS ARE REMOVED.
For Varroa Mite Treatment
Thanks to CheckMite+®, varroa mite infestations can be effectively kept under control.
To control varroa mites, remove honey supers before application of CheckMite+ Strips and DO NOT REPLACE UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE STRIPS ARE REMOVED. Use one strip for each five combs of bees in each brood chamber (Langstroth deep frames or equivalent in other sizes). Hang the strips in separate spaces between the combs as near the centre of the bee/brood cluster as possible. If two deep brood chambers are used for the brood nest, hang the CheckMite+ Strips in both the top and bottom brood chambers.
Treat all infested colonies within the yard. The treatment is most effective when brood rearing is lowest. Effective control may be achieved by treating hives in the spring before the first honey flow and in the fall after the last honey flow. Leave the strips in the hive for a minimum of 42 days and a maximum of 45 days. Do not treat the same colony more than twice a year. Honey supers may be replaced 14 days after the strips are removed. Consult provincial guidelines for more information on varroa control.
Treatments must be applied at a time when bees are not producing a surplus honey crop. Chemical resistant gloves must be worn when handling the strips. DO NOT use leather gloves (i.e., leather beekeeping gloves) when handling this product. Just before application, remove the required number of CheckMite+ Strips from the pouch. Unused strips should remain in original package. Do not treat the same colony with coumaphos more than twice a year. CheckMite+ is not recommended for use in honey bee colonies that are used as cell builders for producing queens.