Has anybody ever considered cooking their bees with enough heat to kill mites and other pests?
Of course! How can you not think about come up with a method of keeping in control such a pest. I could not experiment seriously this year, because I had only two hives. Every single worker bee is a treasure. Next year if I still have bees I will take a more courageous approach.
(by the way; the whole summer I have not seen a single varroa fallen to the bottom, so I am not treating with formic acid, only oxalic acid in December)
I have the feeling that heating the whole brood nest above its normal temp makes more harm than benefit.
I read in an article that slightly higher temperature applied on sealed brood for a short time kills lowers the number of mites significantly without serious damage for the pupae.
So the plan is:
- The object of the experiment is not a colony but a frame of sealed brood. The cells can be counted, statistically more accurate.
-The pupae have to be very close in age (resticting the queen to the frame for a short time).
- In an incubator different temperatures are applied for various time.