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Strong Microbials SuperDFM HoneyBee - Frequently asked questions

Strong Microbials SuperDFM HoneyBee - Frequently asked questions

          How do I use SuperDFM-HoneyBee?

          Feed SuperDFM-HoneyBee dry every time you provide supplemental feeding for the bees. Alternatively, inoculate the hives using MicroCloud attachment without opening the hive.

          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.

          How do I apply SuperDFM in a top bar hive?

          Dust the DFM on top of the bees near the brood. One tablespoon every 30 days will be a fine dose cadence. Just get it in the hive.

          Can SuperDFM® be applied too frequently?

          SuperDFM®-HoneyBee™ is safe to use and there are no adverse effects if you use more than recommended application. SuperDFM® contains powdered sucrose or sugar, but it is not a substitute for bee feed.

          Can SuperDFM-HoneyBee be applied right on the top bars?

          SuperDFM-HoneyBee can be placed right on top bars or any dry surface inside the hive where the nurse bees can consume it easily and quickly.

          Can I apply SuperDFM-HoneyBee onto the honey supers?

          Yes, SuperDFM-HoneyBee can be put at the top of the bars of honey supers, as long as bees have access to it.

          Can I over apply SuperDFM-Honeybee?

            No, there is no such thing as too much probiotic and there are no reported adverse effects to the bees.

          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.

          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).

          Can I mix SuperDFM-HoneyBee in sugar syrup?

            No. Moisture activates DFMs. Once activated, they require an anaerobic environment (without oxygen) with the proper light, temperature, and food sources to prevent them from perishing.

          Can I mix SuperDFM-HoneyBee in a pollen patty?

            No, we do not recommend mixing SuperDFM® in any prepared food for honey bees, as moisture will lower the efficacy of lactic acid bacteria in the product.

          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?

            Yes, you can use ApiVar and microbials at the same time, as long as the two treatments are not touching each other.

          Can I use Honeybee Healthy and SuperDFM-HoneyBee at the same time?

            Yes, you can use Honey Bee Healthy and SuperDFM at the same time, as long as the two treatments are not touching each other.

          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.

May 17th 2022 Strong Microbials

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