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How does Oxalic acid kill mites and how does it affect bees?

What is Oxalic Acid? Oxalic is a natural organic acid found in many plants including its namesake oxalis, also in rhubarb leaves and spinach.  It is a poisonous crystalline powder with a sour taste. It has been used in Europe as a varroa treatment for many years under the brand Api-Bioxal.   Oxalic Acid is approved …

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The Beekeeper’s Role in Avoiding Colony Starvation

Bees are remarkably resilient. From hot to cold and through the seasons, bees are adaptable to climates nearly across the board. But with populations numbering in the tens of thousands, the needs of a colony are significant. Bees understand this, of course, and throughout the warmer months, they gather and stockpile resources, to increase their …

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