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Talk by Pam Hunter 7th October 2015

Published 27.Sep.2015, 6:56pm

Red-Hot Pokers

Orpington Beekeepers Lecture Series

Speaker: Pam Hunter Master Beekeeper

Title: Non-standard Medications for the Control of Bee Problems

Date: Wednesday 7th October 2015

Time: Please arrive at 7.30 for 8pm

Entrance fee: £3.00

Synopsis: A variation on Is Natural always Nice? But concentrating more on the new medications. There is now a plethora of new medicaments available for treating colonies, some claiming almost magical properties. Almost all say that they are ‘natural’ and some that they ‘contain no chemicals’.  Organic acids are frequently an ingredient. With so many products and such claims, we should all have amazingly healthy and productive colonies!. There are experimental data for some of these products while others seem to have none. I shall discuss many of these claims and examine the reality of such touching faith in anything natural. Overall there is some promise with a few products of activity against varroa, Nosema and chalk brood, but the beekeeper needs to be wary of accepting all the claims.

Free refreshments

Venue: Atomwide Ltd, Unit 3, Ravensquay Business Centre, Cray Avenue, Orpington, Kent, BR5 4BQ. Google Maps:

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