Frequently asked questions
Killing Your Microbes?
Can I mix SuperDFM®-HoneyBee™ in a pollen patty?
Can I mix SuperDFM® with syrups or liquids?
Is SuperDFM® sensitive to extreme heat?
Will antibiotics kill the microbes in SuperDFM®?
Can SuperDFM® be applied too frequently?
Should a nucleus colony get less than the recommended application?
No, SuperDFM® application size does not change whether the bee colony is small or large. If the colony is rapidly growing or you are splitting the colony, feed SuperDFM® more frequently (ex. 2-3 weeks apart).
How can I apply SuperDFM® to many hives quickly?
Our compressed air MicroCloud™ Applicator allows for easy SuperDFM® injection without opening the hive! Simply add SuperDFM® to the MicroCould™ scoop and insert it into the hive entrance. Press the applicator firmly against the front board and give the trigger a short squeeze. Then you're done! Your hive will be efficiently inoculated.
What pressure should the air compressor be set at for the MicroCloud™?
Using a portable air-tank such as this one makes using the MicroCloud™ fast and easy! SuperDFM® can be distributed effectively with a one-second blast of air at 120-60 psi pressure. An 11-gallon tank provides hundreds of one-second air blasts.
How do I use SuperDFM-HoneyBee?
Can SuperDFM-HoneyBee be applied right on the top bars?
Can I apply SuperDFM-HoneyBee onto the honey supers?
Can I mix SuperDFM-HoneyBee in sugar syrup?
No, SuperDFM-HoneyBee is not recommended to be mixed in sugar syrup.
Can I mix SuperDFM-HoneyBee in a pollen patty?
No, SuperDFM-HoneyBee is not recommended to be mixed in pollen patties.
How often should SuperDFM-HoneyBee be used?
SuperDFM-HoneyBee is recommended monthly during the colonies' active time. At the least, administer SuperDFM every time supplemental feeding is needed.
When is the best time to use SuperDFM-HoneyBee?
The most important time is when the queen starts to lay winter bees and the second is first thing in the spring.
Can I use the Formic Acid and SuperDFM-HoneyBee at the same time?
Yes, you can use formic acid and microbials at the same time, as long as the two treatments are not touching each other.
Can I use ApiVar and SuperDFM-HoneyBee at the same time?
Can I use Honeybee Healthy and SuperDFM-HoneyBee at the same time?
Can I over apply SuperDFM-Honeybee?
Pathogens & Pests
Is SuperDFM® used for nosema/bee dysentery?
Yes, SuperDFM®-Honeybee™ is recommended for mitigating nosema. Many of our customers successfully control Nosema spores below an economic threshold of 1 million spores per bee and prevent nosemosis outbreaks, with an application of SuperDFM®-Honeybee™ every 30 days.
What’s the best practices to keep small hive beetle under control?
Avoid using screened bottom boards. When bees are trying to chase them out, beetles will hide on the underside of the screen then re-enter the hive when the bee has moved on.
Clean hive walls of excess wax and bridge comb as beetles use these places to hide. Push frames away from the walls to clear the wax.
Pollen patties also provide shelter and food for small hive beetles. Cut pollen patties into half-dollar size pieces to ensure they are consumed quickly.
Place a Swiffer towel on the top bars and in the back corners of the hive. The beetles’ legs will get caught in the fibers as bees are chasing them. Check, remove, and replace these towels often.
Use beetle jails, modified special hive guard entrances.
Keep your hives queenright! Queenless hives have a scent that attracts beetles.
Keep your hives strong. Combine weak hives. A weak hive will have less ability to guard against small hive beetles.
Does SuperDFM-HoneyBee help with AFB?
Laboratory studies show probiotic bacteria inhibiting growth of AFB-causing pathogen.
Does SuperDFM-HoneyBee help with EFB?
Laboratory studies show probiotic bacteria inhibiting growth of EFB-causing pathogen.
Does SuperDFM-HoneyBee help with Chalkbrood?
Does SuperDFM-HoneyBee help with nosema?
Does SuperDFM-HoneyBee help if bees encounter pesticides? Are there any studies on this?
What happens if bees encounter fungicides?
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee a medicine?
SuperDFM-HoneyBee is not a drug. It is a supplement of live probiotic microorganisms to support bees' digestive system.
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee a cure?
SuperDFM-HoneyBee is not a drug and is not intended to cure a disease.
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee considered a treatment?
SuperDFM-HoneyBee is a probiotic supplement that is intended to be used regularly to achieve greatest benefit.
Can I stop using antibiotics if I use SuperDFM-HoneyBee (a probiotic)?
Why should we give probiotics to bees? Are microbes natural?
Can I freeze SuperDFM® over the winter to use next year?
How do SuperDFM-HoneyBee Microbials work?
What is the shelf life of SuperDFM-HoneyBee and how do I store it properly?
Do bees really need microbial supplements? What studies prove this?
Are bee probiotics much like human probiotics?
Yes, they help bees in the same way they help humans, a healither gut will lead to overall improvement in nutrition, digestion, and life.
How fast will I notice the benefits from feeding my bees SuperDFM-Honeybee?
Bee receive probiotics from pollen, right? Why do I need SuperDFM-HoneyBee if they receive the same probiotics from pollen?
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee safe?
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee a preventative supplement?
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee safe for humans to eat?
Is SuperDFM-HoneyBee safe for honey?
Testing honey from colonies supplemented with SuperDFM-HoneyBee monthly did not identify any foreign or regulated substances in honey.
Your ingredients list only bacterial “fermentation products”. What does that mean? Usually microbial fermentation products are alcohol, carbon dioxide, and organic acids.
What an excellent question!
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