Varroa: A Cause for National Embarrassment

December 22, 2017

From: Randy Oliver’s Scientific Beekeeping Newsletter

Randy Oliver

Hi All,

Happy Holidays and Winter Solstice








Varroa invaded the U.S. thirty years ago, and we should all be embarrassed that it is still such a problem.  Even worse, the commercial bee industry is facing the inevitable failure of amitraz, which I fear is going to necessitate some serious changes in our industry.


Then I moved on by helping USDA-ARS to get oxalic acid in glycerin (OA/gly) treatment approved by EPA.  My progress reports #2 and #3 (soon to be posted) demonstrated the clear efficacy of the OA/gly shop towel treatment method, as well as pointing out the remaining research to be done next season.
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