Controlling Tracheal Mites (Acari: Tarsonemidae) in Colonies of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with Vegetable Oil and Menthol


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 85, Number 6, December 1992 , pp. 2118-2124(7)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The efficacy of vegetable oil and menthol was tested in controlling tracheal mites (Acarapis woodi [Rennie)) in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Each of 40 bee colonies was given one of four treatments: (1) vegetable oil, (2) menthol, (3) vegetable oil and menthol, or (4) no treatment (control). Colonies were sampled for percentage bees infested and severity of infestation per infested bee on nine dates from 14 February to 7 August 1991. Treatments were applied on 27 February and removed on 18 April. On 3 April, mite infestation was reduced in the oil + menthol treatment. On every sampling date after 3 April, infestation was reduced by all oil or menthol treatments. Compared with menthol, vegetable oil gave equivalent mite control on all sampling dates. From 3 April through 9 May, infestation was lowest in the oil + menthol treatment. Except for one sampling date, severity of infestation per infested bee was unaffected by treatments.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1992

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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