Natural Treatment Sheet


  1. Put 5-8 drops of Thyme Oil in 16 ounces of mineral oil, shake it up and squirt it on a paper towel making a double SS. Then put it in the hive on top of the frames up till 3 weeks before the honey flow and anytime after the honey flow.
  2. Mix 1 Tablespoon of garlic powder with 1 cup of water in a blender on low speed for 2-3 minutes. Add the cup of blended mixture to a gallon of sugar water, mix by shaking, and feed it to the bees in early spring up till 3 weeks before the honey flow. Can be used again in the fall after the honey flow.
  3. Put 4 ounces of granulated sugar per deep hive box into a blender on low speed in order to make your own powdered sugar. The powdered sugar that you buy in the stores contains corn starch which the bees cannot digest. Place the 4 ounces of home made powdered sugar into a ziplock. Use one 4 oz. ziplock to a deep box and 3 ounces per medium box. The next time that you are in your bee yard, dump the sugar onto the top of the frames. Use a new paint brush ( must be a foam type ) to brush the powder off of the frames onto the bees early in the morning or late in the evening once every ten days for a total of four treatments starting in late August and continuing into September. It’s best to have screen bottom boards for this. If using a solid bottom board, place cardboard in the bottom before dusting and then afterward remove it.
  4. Use 20-25 drops of Thyme oil in 16 ounces of mineral oil if you use a fogger for mite control. Walk by the landing board and put the fogger into each hive for 8 to 10 seconds and then move on to the next hive.
  5. A very effective treatment for Varroa mites on artificially sized 5.4 bees and the natural 4.9 bees is the Wintergreen Oil Study found at


  1. Mix 10-12 drops of Eucalyptus Oil with 1 cup of Crisco shortening. Stir in ½ to ¾ cup of sugar and make into a small patty. Place patty on a piece of wax paper and place on top of the frames. ( use latex or rubber gloves anytime when working with Eucalyptus Oil.)
  2. Dust Diatomaceous Earth on the ground around your hive instead of using Guard Star. Be sure and make an 8-10 foot radius around the hive, watering it into the ground or apply before a rain.
  3. Use old cortex boards and Boric Acid for traps. Cut cortex into 3×4 inch rectangles. Hold 6 of the cortex boards lined up together and cover the open ends with Crisco. Turn over and spoon 1/8 to 1/4 inch of the Boric Acid into the other ends and seal with the Crisco shortening. Wipe traps clean before placing into hive secure it to the bottom board or frames with staples.
  4. When using the West SHB traps, place 1/8 to 3/16 inches of hydrated lime into a clean, dry tray. Put the grill on top and place into the hive as if you had oil in it. This method is better than using vegetable oil since oil tends to run out or to settle in low spots leaving other spots dry. Lime has a higher kill ratio than oil.


   1. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil with 1/2 cup of water.
   Put into a glass blender and blend on low speed for 4-5 minutes.
   2. Put the mixture into a 1/2 gallon glass jar.
   3.  Mix another 1/2 teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil with 1/2 cup of water.
   Put into a glass blender and blend on low speed for 4-5 minutes once again.
   4. Next put the mixture into the same jar fill with plain water and shake it up.
   5. After shaking up the mixture pour one cup of concentrate into one Gal.
   of sugar water and feed to bees. (Make Sure Sugar Water Is Made With Cane Sugar)
   Same as above but use 2 teaspoons instead of 1 teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil.
   (Make Sure To Blend Oil In 1/2 Teaspoon Increments Also)


   1 drop of Tea Tree Oil
   4 drops of Lemon Grass Oil
   1/4 cup water
   NOTE: Sugar water is a 1 to 1 ratio in the spring and 2 parts sugar to 1 part water in the fall.
   Mix all ingredients in a glass blender on low for 4-5 minutes and add this mixture to 1 gallon of sugar water (Made From Cane Sugar) and feed to the      bees in the spring.


   Bon Aqua Springs
   Apiaries & Woodenware
   10832 New Cut Off Rd.
   Bon Aqua, TN. 37025


   All oils must be pharmaceutical grade!! Essential Oils are for perfume purposes and not for healing.
   Diatomaceous earth must be of food grade. Caution must be used since it is an eye and lung irritant.
   Lime dust may also be an eye, skin and lung irritant.
   When using Wintergreen Oil avoid contact with skin and eyes.
   Caution pregnant woman and children should avoid the use of Wintergreen Oil