CHRUDIM, Czech Republic, June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
The discovery of a new type of beehive brings new hope for honeybees worldwide. The hive is able to eliminate the honeybee's worst enemy, the Varroa destructor mite, with only the heat from solar radiation. Mites have killed hundreds of thousands of colonies worldwide, resulting in billions of dollars of economic loss and can be a nightmare for beekeepers. The only defense thus far has been chemical drugs, although they are not always effective. The discovery, however, of Czech scientists has provided new hope in the fight against this parasite, without the aid of chemical products.
"Our goal was to create a reliable method for treating Varroa without using any chemicals. It has been known that the Varroa destructor mite is extremely sensitive to increased temperature. We applied this knowledge and created a Thermosolar hive. It employs solar radiation to raise the temperature in the colony, thus killing the Varroa mites", states the inventor, Roman Linhart. The patented Thermosolar hive can absorb sunlight and transform it into heat. This heat warms the bee colony inside the hive. The bees are not impacted by the higher temperature and all the mites inside the brood cells die.
The hive has undergone university research and testing in recent years by almost a hundred beekeepers. One of them, Ludmila Kabelova states that "It excludes the damaging influence of chemicals and perfectly exterminates mites in a sealed brood. When maintaining the methodology, the entire treatment is simple and safe. The bees are in great condition."
"The hive is so easy to use that it is suitable for beginners." Linhart adds. The inventor of the hive seeks support through crowdfunding.
More information: http://thermosolarhive.com
SOURCE Apis Innovation s.r.o.