Preventing Disease in the Beekeeping Industry

Sanitizing bBee HivesMost of the general public do not consider the immense value of bees.  Bees, butterflies, moths, and even beetles spread the pollen needed to fertilize the plants we want in our gardens.  Bees are the primary fertilizers for many farmers, so they either keep bees in their farm or they rent beekeepers to provide bee hives near their crops. 

Bees are part of the balance of nature.  And, it is important to protect bees from natural and man-made threats.  So, avoid using pesticides in plants that can harm the bees.  When you are killing pest that harm your plants, you can also kill off the good guys (bees and butterflies) that you really need to end up with a bountiful harvest.

Decon Arthro is gradually winning support by bee keepers.  Having been proven in France as an safe solution to protect the health of the bee hives, American bee keepers are now giving Decon Arthro a try as a pilot project.  

Decon Arthro is not a pesticide, per se.  This liquid spray solution is applied during the recycling of the hive boxes.  Once thoroughly cleaned, Decon Arthro is applied to every area of the hive.  It is an excellent sanitizing agent to kill microorganisms such as bacteria, virus, and such.  It will also kill eggs and insects.  

Thus far, the early results are very good, but the proof will always be in the experience of the bee keeper.  Unlike pesticides and sanitizers, the ingredients in Decon Arthro are biodegradable and leave no toxic residue.  The health of the bee colony is not threatened by an toxic concerns.

This EPA registered product is basically a hydrogen peroxide concept that is only about a pH of 9.  So, it is basically non-corrosive and easy to apply with a misting system.  The surfactants in the mixture allow deep penetration and dissolves barrier films.  Once applied, allow the product to work for ten to fifteen minutes, then powerwash and let dry.

To prove the value of the product, it is suggested that any bee keeper set aside a few hives for the pilot program.  If these hives perform as we have seen in other examples, the bee keeper can have confidence to expand the treatment to their general cleaning program.  Should a hive become infected, which occurs in the normal cycle of bee keeping; pull the hive and treat it immediately.