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infested ! … with Varroa !!

New Drone with 4 Varroa

A Bee Colony is with a Varroa infestation threat discovered by Margaret in routine apiary inspection.
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Powdered Sugar Shake – Counting Varroa Mites using icing sugar

Return Bees to Hive

Powdered sugar shake – How to do a Powdered sugar shake to check the count of varroa mites living in your bee colony. A Step by step guide with thresholds. Continue reading

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Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer – Used to combat Varroa Destructor Mites

Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

We have launched a new product this week, the “Kiwi Oxalic Acid Vaporizer”. A new tool in the fight against varroa mites. Continue reading

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What is a Decapping Knife?

Using a Decapping Knife

In this article we discuss what is a decapping knife, and do you really need one to extract your bees honey?

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Can the Robinson Vaporiser control your Varroa Mites – Part 2

In part 2 of the article we answer the question “Can vaporising Oxalic acid crystals with the Robinson Vaporiser control your Varroa Mites?” Continue reading

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A Day of Inspections

It was a great day, maybe the best of days. So I headed to the organic farm that we have now have hives on. To inspect some of our bee hives… Continue reading

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Can the Robinson Vaporiser control your Varroa Mites – Part 1


We starting selling a new beekeeping product a couple of weeks back, “The Robinson Vaporiser”, we have conducted the following test to see if it works as designed. Here is our observations and how you use the vaporiser. Continue reading

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Vaporizing Varroa Mites??? With a Oxalic Acid Vaporizer!!!

Well it was a nice spring morning, a little crispy but after last night’s thunder and lightning in Auckland – we were both happily surprised that the day was starting out so well.

…off we went…got in to the kiwimana mobile nick-named “The Beehive” …’cause it’s white and usually full of bees :) …then headed south ….to the Franklin Bee Club… Continue reading

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The Franklin Bee Club and the Kiwimana Meshboard

We went along to the Franklin Bee Clubs Meeting, today’s discussions were about varroa mites, Gary did a presentation about our Kiwimana Meshboards. We discussed the benefits and how you count mites with them. Continue reading

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Swanson One and Api Life Var

This hive was showing signs of a high varroa mite count; it was on solid bottom board so we couldn’t do a drop count. But the inspection of drone brood indicated lots of mites and bees were spotted with deformed wing virus. The decision was made to treat the hive a few weeks back. Continue reading

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