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On this page you will find additional information regarding the use of the MiteZapper® system.
Please contact us if you have any questions.

Support Documentation

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Owner's Manual
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Troubleshooting Guide
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Installing a queen excluder with the MiteZapper® frame
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Using the MiteZapper® with medium hive boxes
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Robbing; How to allow your bees to rob nectar/honey from the MiteZapper® without causing a problem in your bee yard
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MiteZapper Efficacy Study Conducted by Michigan State University


Frequently Asked Questions

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: 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: 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: 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: How many MiteZapper® frames do I need?
A: You only need one MiteZapper® frame per colony.

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