Before I step out on a limb I should first tell you that the USDA approved way of treating your bee hives for mites and diseases is to use a USDA/EPA approved treatment which has been scientifically tested and approved for those applications – which are produced of course by the nice folks in the agricultural chemical/pharmaceutical complex who produce the ag chemicals that get sprayed on crop fields next to your apiary.
The regimen that I am going to tell you about here may not even work. The main reason that I think it does work is that since I started keeping bees in 2009 I have yet to lose a single hive (other than a few small, weak, queenless mating nucs – which have secumbed to hive beetles) to any parasite or disease. I over wintered 10 hives last year – all of which were strong in the spring, and produced my first ever honey crop this year. There may well be some other factors at work and they may all die tomorrow – So use your own judgment. However, I’m not alone in using these concoctions – other people also report success using similar mixtures and methods. In addition to these home remedies I also apply an organic acid treatment in December when hives are pretty much broodless.