This is an experiment on how to use Garlic as a varoa mite treatment. It is not very scientific, but I think it works.
Garlic is anti-fungal, anti-septic, and is an antibiotic. My beekeeping mentors are very organic and do not like treating their bees with chemicals.
There is not a lot of scientific evidence of the efficiency or effectiveness of using Garlic for Varoa Mites treatment, but it does not hurt.
What I did was take the normal powdered sugar varoa mite treatment as shown in the post Beekeeping Varoa Mite Control Using Powdered Sugar and added garlic powder.
It did seem to work, as I did not have any varoa mite problems, but that is totally anecdotal and I have no concrete evidence it works.
However, garlic powder is cheap, bees are expensive, and I feel that even if it does not help with the mites, the medicinal properties of the garlic can only be neutral or positive in the hive.
(Of course this is done after I have extracted my honey, as I don’t think garlic flavored honey would sell well).
This is a pretty popular post, but not all of my beekeeping videos are, some of my top bar hive videos get regular hate mail from beekeepers in the UK, which is fine, they are right in what they say from their perspective, but I am not trying to save the bees, or make a lot of honey, all I am doing is trying to keep the potential to make my own sugar in the event I cannot get it from the store and to do so with the minimum of effort and inputs.
I do not have any proof besides the anecdotal and research based evidence that this works.