And they brought a bee disease too--American Foul Brood.
The Oxysol treatment, mixed into powdered sugar helps prevent an AFB infection from taking over the hive.
This treatment is 4 grams of Oxysol which is mixed into 32 grams of powdered sugar.
The hive is to be given 32 grams of this powdered mix once a week for four weeks.
The reason for the 32 grams of sugar is to be sure the bees take in the treatment at a certain rate.
From reading the last two posts you can probably guess that having a small scales is a handy piece of equipment to have around. Dad got our scales for under $10.00.
Here is a quote from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture on spring/fall treatments with Oxysol:
OXYTET-25-S or OXYSOL-62.5 powdered sugar mix. Follow the label directions for preparation of material. Label must indicate that
the mixture can be used for honey bees. Treat according to the label on OXYTET-25-S or OXYSOL-62.5 with the powdered sugar mix along the margins of the brood chamber. Be careful not to put powdered mix directly on to open brood. Repeat 3 times at 4-5 day intervals in the spring and
in the fall. Stop treating 4 weeks before the main honey flow.
All bee colonies should be treated.
It is not recommended to use the sugar syrup method of application or products such as pollen substitutes as carriers, as this can contaminate honey, is less effective and will promote resistant AFB strains.