Beekeeping with Biosa
There has been a lot of buzz about the plight of Honey Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in recent years – and rightly so, as up to 1/3 of human food production depends on them.
Honeycombe from a healthy hive.
Top view of hive
So what is killing the bees? The most recent studies suggest that there is not one single answer; rather the problem is an overwhelming stress on the bees caused by a number of factors including: pesticides, pathogens, malnutrition, mites, and fungus.
What is the solution? Well, we believe (and beekeepers agree) that it’s Vita Biosa – an organic fermented probiotic solution of herbs and natural sugars – that can safely and effectively address each of the causes of bee stress.
For best results, a comprehensive plan that includes the use of Vita Biosa throughout the bee’s local area, including hives, pollination area, and water supply is recommended.
Bottom board shows an accumulation of dead Varroa Mites
The following is considered best practice for a beekeeping operation.
Around the Hive:
- Use Biosa instead of smoke when working in the hive. A 50% solution of Vita Biosa (50% water) is misted over the combs and bees with an atomizer. The solution is applied like smoke. Only push 5 times at a time.
- In spring, treat all supers and combs by misting with a 50% solution.
- In summer, clean the entrance pegs regularly with a 10% solution of Vita Biosa (90% water). It is best to soak the pegs for 24 hours in Vita Biosa. Afterwards, they are dried in a warm oven. It is of course necessary to have several extra pegs available.
- During the honey season, regularly spray a 10% solution of Vita Biosa onto the landing boards. This serves as a kind of ‘foot bath’ and the bees carry the medium into the hive.
Inspecting hive using VB instead of smoke
Natural water source for bees
- From spring until blossoming, all vegetation to be pollinated is sprayed weekly with Biosa. Total application rate is 70 litres per hectare or about 9 gal per acre per year.
- Vita Biosa is added to the bees´ water supply, throughout the season, at a rate of 2-5 ml per litre or 0.1.- 0.2oz weekly.
- Ponds and swamps used by bees are treated with 1 litre or 34oz of Vita Biosa per cubic meter (1,000 litres or 265gal) of water, applied when the water temperature first warms in the spring.
Please note – Vita Biosa is neither a pesticide nor an insecticide.
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