Beekeepers, we get always sparkles in the eyes, when we hear the news about fighting against varroa mite. This news is certainly worth of your attention, just like related news from last year; Innovation: Effective Biological Varroa mite Treatment.
It seems the Germans are the most active in the war against cumbersome parasite varroa mite. The conceptual father of this project named We save bees (original: Wir retten Bienen!) is Richard Rossa dipl. ing. On the way Dr. Florian Deising came along. The two of them also established company Apisystems.
Idea: Hyperthermia in the Bee Hive
Solution for the varroa mite parasite is an ancient method of treatment, the heat. The solution is simple as they describe. At a temperature above 39 ° C, the proteins in varroa mite change, so they suffer irreversible damage. The bees can well tolerate temperatures up to 45 ° C. They also said that against heat the varroa mite cannot form a resistance.
So the device they made is inserted below the entrance hole. During the treatment temperature and humidity are constantly measured and controlled optimally. After about 2 hours, the treatment is completed. Treatment should be preformed 2x a year.
The result: healthy, vital and pure honey bee colonies without treatment residues.
Video Presentation of this Solution for Varroa Mite
Looking for sponsors
The costs for development are app. 120.000 €, so they decide to find sponsors. Till now they raised 64.166 € on the crowdfund platform www.ecocrowd.de.
Production of the sauna device costs is around 1,500 euros, and the sales price is half that amount.
More about Sauna for the Bees: www.wir-retten-bienen.org