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Has anyone tried out the new varoa death strips being advertised on trade me. Not much information on the ad but there graphics interesting and I assume it's meant to be a bullet although it doesn't look like one.

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Well i'll try anything once, so have ordered a 50 pack. Will report back to the forum on effectiveness although that will obviously be up to 6 months away.

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7 minutes ago, Alastair said:

Well i'll try anything once

Aaanyyythiinnngggg ?

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illegal sales right?

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1 hour ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

It looks more than is bit porno?

 

Are we to believe the secret active ingredients are ok to stick in our hives ?

 

I don't think so 

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55 minutes ago, tommy dave said:

illegal sales right?

 

He says it's essential oils, if true, i doubt it's illegal.

 

He is a beekeeper in Frazzes neck of the woods, maybe she may know something about him?

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8 minutes ago, Alastair said:

 

He says it's essential oils, if true, i doubt it's illegal.

 

He is a beekeeper in Frazzes neck of the woods, maybe she may know something about him?

Are you going to try the recommended 2 strips in a strong hive ? One dose fits all rings alarm bells 

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To give it fair trial i will not do it in a super strong hive, i have an apiary i am planning to winter in singles so will use some there. 

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1 hour ago, Alastair said:

 

He says it's essential oils, if true, i doubt it's illegal.

 

He is a beekeeper in Frazzes neck of the woods, maybe she may know something about him?

 

Nope I have no idea who he is. 

Theres a few around the traps that have sprung up in the past few years 

gone are the days when you knew all the commercial  beekeepers in the entire region .

 

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Looks like he has copied the basics of @Philbee design .

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Maybe the same ingredients as the Natural  Blocks being advertised on the same site. Has anyone tried these?

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I've asked a few questions so await the reply.

 

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So... does anybody make up the oxalic-acid shop-towels according to a Randy Oliver recipe?  Any success?

Personally I'm a non-treatment beekeeper from Oakland,  across the bay from San Fransisco.

Our local club is organizing a Local Bee Initiative where members will split their hives this spring to supply  bee-less members with local bees descended from locally collected swarms and cut-outs. Some of us see evidence that local bees control Varroa populations.  We're trying to reduce the influx of inapt genetics from the high-volume queen producers outside our geographic area.  If the Welsh beekeepers can do it, why not us?...

Jerry Przybylski

--- Oakland, Ca

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15 minutes ago, G Przybylski said:

So... does anybody make up the oxalic-acid shop-towels according to a Randy Oliver recipe?  Any success?

similar, as in a far improved version...

hopefully i've linked the page with what i think is the best pic:

there's a summary thread which could save you hours of reading: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/12790-documentoagl-forum-summary-11218/

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18 hours ago, G Przybylski said:

So... does anybody make up the oxalic-acid shop-towels according to a Randy Oliver recipe?  Any success?

Personally I'm a non-treatment beekeeper from Oakland,  across the bay from San Fransisco.

Our local club is organizing a Local Bee Initiative where members will split their hives this spring to supply  bee-less members with local bees descended from locally collected swarms and cut-outs. Some of us see evidence that local bees control Varroa populations.  We're trying to reduce the influx of inapt genetics from the high-volume queen producers outside our geographic area.  If the Welsh beekeepers can do it, why not us?...

Jerry Przybylski

--- Oakland, Ca

i like that  i  think that is a sound idea

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This was what was sent to me and have ordered 10 so as I have one hive that is already weak I shall give them a go in there.

 

Varroa Destructor Death strip contents include.

 

 Thyme Extract, Bilberry Extract, Walnut Leaf Extract, Bay Leaf Extract, Glycerol, Thme Oil, Pine Oil, Bilberry Oil, Ethanedioic acid, Walnut Oil, Bay Leaf Oil, Occaliptus Oil, Xantham Gum.

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Just add some acidity (vinegar or lemon juice) some mustard and season to taste. 😋 

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Sorry, just saw it has acid already... 

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2 hours ago, Josh said:

Sorry, just saw it has acid already... 

Oxalic acid actually.

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1 hour ago, Dave Black said:

Oxalic acid actually.

 

Cheeky using a pseudonym

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Hmm that's interesting, once mine arrives I'll taste it to try to figure about how much oxalic is in it.

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2 hours ago, Alastair said:

Hmm that's interesting, once mine arrives I'll taste it to try to figure about how much oxalic is in it.

 

Hopefully not too much 😝

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If they contain oxalic acid wouldn't that make them illegal in the eyes of MPI. I.e. you can make it yourself but you can't sell it to anyone else.

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The Death Strips have arrived. They look pretty much like Phil's staples but already soaking with chemicals. I was expecting to get a smell of some of the OE's they say are in them, but other than the faintest ever thymoly type smell when I opened the pack which quickly dissipated, no odour at all. I had a little taste, very strong taste of oxalic acid.

 

Here's a scan of the instructions that came with them.

 

 

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