Varroa Mite Control TECHNOLOGY FOR SALE!

Varroa Control device for honeybee colonies
Varroa Control device for honeybee colonies

OVER 6 YEARS IN THE FIELD, THE MITE ZAPPER HAS BEEN PROVEN TO WORK. NOW THE TECHNOLOGY IS FOR SALE!

The MiteZapper®’s smart technology combines mite biology with simple physics to offer natural and Chemical Free varroa mite control.

The MiteZapper was invented by Dr. Zachary Huang from Michigan State University. Dr. Huang’s extensive research on the technology has proven the MiteZapper® 85-95% effective in controlling varroa mites naturally.

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After installation, no need to remove the frame.

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Use with a portable or running car battery.

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Labor friendly, takes about 8 minutes to treat each colony.

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Use under any temperature conditions during the drone rearing season.

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As chemicals become less useful due to mite resistance, the MiteZapper® will remain effective year after year – through its patented Heat Technology.

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Ideal for Organic bee farms requiring natural varroa mite control.

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The MiteZapper can be left in the colony year round.

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Kills varroa mites inside the brood cell – at the source where they reproduce!

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Safe to use. No special equipment is needed.

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Does not contaminate bee products with harmful chemical residues.

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Dr. Huang’s research through Michigan State University, has proven the MiteZapper® extremely effective in controlling varroa.

Varroa Mite Control – FAQ’s.

Q: How many Control Boxes do I need?

A: You only need ONE control box. You simply connect the Control Box to each colony one at a time.

Q: How often do I need to perform the treatment?

A: You will need to perform the treatment or “zapping” process every 18-23 days during the drone rearing season. You MUST zap your colony prior to the drones hatching! Depending where you live this will vary. Here in Michigan USA, we perform the zapping approximately 5 times per year. We suggest that you use the MiteZapper® throughout the entire drone rearing season.

Q: Do I need to cut a hole in my hive box to install the MiteZapper frame?

A: No, you can use a queen excluder to route the cord outside the hive box. Please see installing a queen excluder with the MiteZapper® frame above.

Q: How many MiteZapper® frames do I need?

A: You only need one MiteZapper® frame per colony.

Q: What is the smallest portable 12 volt battery I can use?

A: You can use a 12 volt battery that has a minimum of 35Ah (amp hours), these batteries weigh approximately 20 pounds.

Q: Does the MiteZapper® kill the mites inside the sealed brood cells?

A: Yes. That is what makes the MiteZapper extremely effective. The MiteZapper® gets to the source of the problem, where varroa mites reproduce.

Q: I am setting up a new hive, when should I install the MiteZapper®?

A: You should wait until the colony is reasonably strong, about 4-5 frames of capped brood.

Q: After the drone rearing season is over, do I need to remove the MiteZapper® ?

A: No. you can leave it in the hive box. The MiteZapper® has been designed to remain in the colony year round. The benefit of leaving the frame in the brood box is that the bees will be less likely to build drone cells elsewhere.

Q: Can I install a queen excluder with the MiteZapper® frame?

A: Yes. Please see the Owner’s Manual for installation of a queen excluder with the MiteZapper® frame. NEVER install the MiteZapper® above a queen excluder. Click here for additional pictures.

Q: Does the MiteZapper® fit medium super boxes?

A: Yes, simply install the MiteZapper® as you would on the top super (on a two brood chamber setup). You will need to remove the frame below, to allow the MiteZapper® to extend down into the bottom super. We suggest you install a wood filler panel, please refer to the Support Documentation on top of this page.

Q: What are the dimensions of the MiteZapper® frame?

A: Please refer to the “Frame Sizes” link. We are developing frame sizes for all hives around the world. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Q: Which hive box should I install the MiteZapper® in?

A: The MiteZapper® should be installed in the brood chamber box. If you have two boxes for the brood chamber, then install it on the 2nd (top) one. For optimal results, we suggest that you place the frame in the 3rd slot from the end inside your brood box. The queen prefers locations near the edge for laying eggs.

Q: Can I connect the MiteZapper to my car battery?

A: Yes, if you use a vehicle battery while the vehicle is running, you can charge several MiteZapper frames one after the other. We have found it effective to connect the battery clips to a jumper cable that is connected to a vehicle battery. Care must be taken to ensure safety. Please refer to the Jumper Cable Guide in the Owner’s Manual.

Q: Is the MiteZapper® safe?

A: Yes. The MiteZapper® is RoHs compliant. The frame is manufactured using food grade material.

How the varroa control technology works IN YOUR BEEHIVE.

Unlike competing chemical treatments, the MiteZapper can be used any time during the drone rearing season for the natural control of varroa mites. Just “zap” your colony, no need to remove the frame!

Resembling a heating element, the MiteZapper® is an electronic drone foundation. Industry wide research has proven that varroa mites are up to 12 times more in hive box likely to prefer drone cells. In fact up to 20 varroa females may invade a drone brood cell.

The MiteZapper® is installed into the hive box as easily as a regular frame. After the bees seal the brood, the beekeeper connects the frame to the control box, which is then connected to a 12 volt vehicle battery. A smaller/lighter portable 12 volt 35Ah battery may be used. The electricity produces enough heat to kill both the pupae and the varroa mites, the bees will clean the frame within 72 hours.

The MiteZapper® is then ready for the queen to lay eggs again. The zapping process should be done every 18-23 days, approximately 4-5 times during the drone rearing season. The Mite Zapper® can also be used with a running car battery, just connect your jumper cables! The MiteZapper® works by progressively killing the varroa mites trapped inside the sealed drone cells each time that you use it. After the 1st zapping you will kill a significant number of varroa mites. The varroa still alive in the colony will be trapped and killed by the 2nd zapping and so on. The MiteZapper® works immediately to control varroa mites and promote a healthy hive.

Dr. Zachary Huang from Michigan State University conducted a field study using 42 colonies in three different apiaries. The results proved the MiteZapper® significantly reduced mite populations compared to both control colonies and drone colonies. Mite levels with the MiteZapper® remained under 30 mites per day, a conservative economic threshold in Michigan, USA.

Varroa Control device for honeybee colonies

The Challenge

Scientists have struggled to assist beekeepers with chemical treatments for infestation problems. The treatments are very expensive and labor intensive, with inconsistent results. If the chemicals are misused, they cause damage to honey bees and leave residues in the bee products.

The Solution

The MiteZapper® is an effective means to treat the varroa mite. Beekeepers around the world are now able to use a simple, economical, and NON-CHEMICAL pest management solution to varroa mite infestation. The MiteZapper® is RoHs Compliant and Lead Free!

About Our Varroa Control Technology.

Mite Zapper, LLC is located in Michigan USA. Our company was established primarily to develop an economical and effective means for controlling varroa mites through non chemical methods. The founder of Mite Zapper, LLC, John Sinans, is an enthusiast beekeeper of over 15 years – primarily caring for his own bees as a hobby. Over this time he had gained valuable experience in the field of beekeeping and has enjoyed several years of maintaining healthy colonies.

Dr. Zachary Huang Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Entomology at Michigan State University and is the inventor of the MiteZapper®. During the early 80s, Dr. Huang obtained a national scholarship to study honey bees in Canada.

He came to Michigan State University in 1998 as an assistant professor of entomology, became tenured and was promoted to be an associate professor in 2004. At MSU, his main responsibilities include extension, research and teaching. He was awarded the J.I. Hambleton Award for Outstanding Research by the Eastern Agricultural Society of North American Inc. August 2008. Dr. Huang has lectured at over 300 presentations around the world surrounding honey bees, including the varroa mite infestation. He is also known for developing the social inhibition model (at UIUC), cyberbee.net, and award winning photographs.

Our company was quickly taken by Dr. Huang’s invention of the MiteZapper®. We have spent the last 5 years developing the product for commercial use. Laboratory and field testing has proven the MiteZapper to be 85-95% effective in controlling varroa mites.

varroa mite treatment system for honeybee colonies

Field test –Conducted by Dr. Zachary Huang, Michigan State University Associate Professor of Entomology.

• A total of 42 colonies used
• Three different apiaries
• Each apiary with three groups
• Mitezapper colonies (n=5)
• Drone colonies (n=5)
• Control colonies (n=4)
• Natural mite drop monitored at 8-14 day intervals (sticky trap left for 48 hours but presented as mites/24 hr.)
• Sticky board used for mite calculation.
• Calculation based on mite drop.
• The Drone group comprised of a drone frame foundation.
• Packaged bees from the same supplier were randomly assigned to each treatment.
• Colonies were left to winter
• 80% of mite zapper colonies survived the winter.
• All control and drone colonies died

MiteZapper Efficacy Study - varroa mite treatment system for honeybee colonies

Check out the MiteZapper Efficacy Study conducted by Dr. Huang of Michigan State University

INQUIRIES

We are a Michigan USA Company, and are offering our technology for sale. If you are interested, please send us an email, we we would be happy to further discuss this opportunity with you!

CONTACT

(248) 722-5822

sales@mitezapper.com

PATENT INFORMATION

US Patents: US 6,475,061, and US 8,272,921 B2