We have received news of a strategy for battling the Varroa mite, also reported by Reuters a while back. What follow is a press release from the inventors:

The discovery of a new type of beehive brings new hope for bees worldwide. The hive is able to kill the Varroa destructor mite with only heat from solar radiation. Varroa mites destroy bee colonies around the world and consist of a nightmare for beekeepers. The only defense thus far has been chemical drugs although their efficiency is not sufficient. The discovery, however, of Czech scientists has provided new hope in the fight against this parasite without the aid of chemical products.

”Our goal was to create a reliable method for treating Varroa without using any chemicals. It has been known for several decades that the Varroa destructor mite is extremely sensitive to increased temperature. We applied this knowledge and created a Thermosolar hive. It employs solar radiation to raise the temperature in the colony, thus killing the Varroa mites” states the inventor doctor Roman Linhart. The patented Thermosolar hive can, thanks to its special glassed parts, absorb sunlight and transform it into heat. This heat warms the bee colony inside the hive. The bees are not impacted by the higher temperature and the mites die. “The entire concept of a Thermosolar hive has been developed for 12 years and has passed thorough testing.” says Linhart.

The Thermosolar hive is equipped with unique mechanisms enabling it to utilize sunshine to heat the bee colony and honeycombs slowly. If we expose the mite to a temperature of 40°C(104°F) to 47°C (116.6°F) for about 150 minutes, the mite is killed. The heat does not harm the bees, brood or the honeycombs. It nevertheless kills all the Varroa mites inside the brood cells.

The hive has undergone university research and testing in recent years by almost a hundred beekeepers. One of them, Pavel Roubinek states that “beekeeping in this hive is healthy, ecological, without chemicals and without the Varroa mite.” Another beekeeper, Ludmila Kabelova, confirms: “It excludes the damaging influence of chemicals and perfectly exterminates mites in a sealed brood. When maintaining the methodology, the entire treatment is simple and safe. The bees are in great condition.”

“It is not only a beehive. It is a treatment device intended for year-long beekeeping without the use of chemicals. Hive is so easy to use that it is suitable for beginners. Furthermore, long term thermal support helps increase the honey amounts brought. That is because bees, which would otherwise have to stay in the hive to heat the brood, can fly for nectar flow.” Linhart adds. Inventor of the hive wants to promote the idea and seeks for support of beekeeping community through crowdfunding; afterwards he plans to produce the hives in larger volumes.

For more information please visit: http://thermosolarhive.com

The Reuters video:  http://www.reuters.com/video/2015/06/28/thermosolar-beehive-protects-against-mit?videoId=364750317

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Jan Raja
e-mail : jan.raja@thermosolarhive.com
tel : +420 777 883 792