Evaluation of the botanical oils neem, thymol, and canola sprayed to control Varroa jacobsoni Oud. (Acari: Varroidae) and Acarapis woodi (Acari: Tarsonemidae) in colonies of honey bees (Apis mellifera L., Hymenoptera: Apidae)

Whittington, R.; Winston, M.L.; Melathopoulos, A.P.; Higo, H.A.

American Bee Journal 140(7): 567-572


The botanical oils neem, thymol, and canola were examined for control of parasitic mites (Varroa jacobsoni and Acarapis woodi) in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in British Columbia, Canada. Neem oil spray (5% solution) killed 90+or-6% of varroa mites, 3 times more than that died in the untreated group.