Varroa mite is one of the main causes of honeybee mortality, whose ratios are between 5% to 30% depending on the country and the year. The traditional solution for this issue has entailed the use of chemicals which have had a direct impact on bees’ population and on the whole value chain of the beekeeping industry. Looking for a solution, researchers have been considering the hyperthermia such a chemical-free methodology to solve it, but its efficiency is not enough.
Aware of the key role bees are playing in our society and environment, Vatorex has been working on a cost-efficient and eco-friendly solution based on the different heat tolerances of bees and varroa: whilst the parasite dies because of temperatures from 39ºC to 42ºC, the bees are not harmed. The main difference between Vatorex’s patented solution and other hyperthermia methods is that Vatorex uses a heating coil which heats the brood combs directly from the inside. Using this system, we can expect the sanitary cost per hive to be reduced to a third while we are taking care of the environment and the beekeeper’s health. Because of its green commitment, this project was funded under the EIC Accelerator Pilot Green Deal call.