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 50-150 psi pressure. An 11-gallon tank provides hundreds of one-second air blasts.
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.
Why should we give probiotics to bees? Are microbes natural?
Can I freeze SuperDFM® over the winter to use next year?
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