You’ll find a lot of conflicting information about “best practices” for treating your honey bees to prevent disease and control mites in the hives, so it can be hard to know what recommendations to follow as conditions change over time and new knowledge is acquired through apiculture research and testing.
One of the most reliable sources you’re likely to come across is the 2012 Ontario Treatment Recommendations for Honey Bee Disease and Mite Control from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of the Province of Ontario, Canada.
This information sheet is of course especially useful for Canadian beekeepers, but the treatment recommendations are often just as applicable in similar climates such as the northernmost United States.
- English web page: 2012 Ontario Treatment Recommendations for Honey Bee Disease and Mite Control
- English PDF document: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/…/bees/2012-treatment.PDF
- French web page: Traitements recommandés contre les maladies et les acariens chez les abeilles domestiques en Ontario, 2012
- French PDF document: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/french/…/bees/2012-treatment.PDF