EPA is registering a new miticide, oxalic acid, to
combat the devastating effects of the Varroa mite on honey bee colonies.
Oxalic acid is currently registered for this use in Canada and Europe.
Recognizing beekeepers’ need for additional registered tools to combat
the Varroa mite in U.S. honey bee colonies, the EPA collaborated with
the U.S. Department of Agricultureon the registration.
Consistent with President Obama’s 2014 initiative on pollinator health,
which instructed the EPA to expedite review of registration
applications for new products targeting pests harmful to pollinators,
OPP expedited the review of the application. EPA was able to expedite
its evaluation in part due to a NAFTA “work share” agreement,
which allowed Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to
share their data reviews with EPA risk assessors and risk managers.
Oxalic acid was registered in Canada for in-hive control of Varroa mites
in 2010. EPA also had an established database of oxalic acid studies
from its previous registration as an antimicrobial pesticide.
EPA used the existing data and information from PMRA, including updated
reviews of toxicity, dietary exposure, environmental fate and transport,
and product chemistry data. After a thorough evaluation of all the
data, EPA concurred with the conclusions and registration decision made
by our Canadian colleagues.
Varroa mites are parasites that feed on developing bees leading to brood
mortality and reduced lifespan of worker bees. They also transmit
numerous honeybee viruses. The health of a colony can be critically
damaged by an infestation of Varroa mites. If left untreated, the colony
WOLCOTT — A black bear
ransacked a beekeeper's hives on Spindle Hill Road and the town's Animal
Control department is asking residents to keep an eye out for the
On Thursday the Animal Control department received a
report that the bear had destroyed the hives, according to a posting on
the organization's Facebook page. Cameras were set up and the bear,
dubbed "Captain Jack," was caught on video a couple days later.
Animal Control department is asking residents in the area to take
precautions and said the state Department of Energy and Environmental
Protection has been notified of the sightings.
information or questions can contact the Wolcott Dog Pound at
203-879-7620 or the Wolcott Police Department at 203-879-1414. More
information is also available at http://www.ct.gov/deep/blackbear