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A year or so ago I made some 20 layer Bricks from Gib Paper Tape  and gave them to an interested Beek to try with Formic.

Turns out they they potential and Im sending him a load more to work with

These next ones will be 40 layer Bricks

Cheap as chips to make, we may have broadened our options 

Open sourced of course for anyone crazy enough to make them

 

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send some to the pink cat to soak in lemon juice.

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50 minutes ago, Philbee said:

These next ones will be 40 layer Bricks

How are you laminating them.  Not with the sewing machine I am sure.

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10 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

How are you laminating them.  Not with the sewing machine I am sure.

Na they are stapled with an Air stapler

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1 hour ago, Mummzie said:

send some to the pink cat to soak in lemon juice.

Nup, I'll probably be tipping citric in out of a watering can 

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1 minute ago, yesbut said:

Nup, I'll probably be tipping citric in out of a watering can 

Drown the varroa 😉

Mite work 😂

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3 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Nup, I'll probably be tipping citric in out of a watering can 

Your bees must get  very nervous every time  they see you approach their hive .

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10 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Your bees must get  very nervous every time  they see you approach their hive .

Probably sting the s--t out of him

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1 minute ago, Bighands said:

Probably sting the s--t out of him

Heck no, Fraz's stripe less aren't like that.

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4 hours ago, Philbee said:

A year or so ago I made some 20 layer Bricks from Gib Paper Tape  and gave them to an interested Beek to try with Formic.

Turns out they they potential and Im sending him a load more to work with

These next ones will be 40 layer Bricks

Cheap as chips to make, we may have broadened our options 

Open sourced of course for anyone crazy enough to make them

 

 

you got pics and how they being used.

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27 minutes ago, Dennis Crowley said:

 

you got pics and how they being used.

Lol
I dont use them but know they go on the top bars.
Not sure if they are in a bag .

Something for Beeks to have a play with if they can manage Formic.

The way they are made, the tail could be unraveled  to poke out through a slit in a bag.
Typically they weigh 50g so would hold about 100g of Formic

I should add that one of the the reasons I never persisted with Formic reservoirs in the past was that we used Oasis Foam which I could see as a dead end in light of its suspect ingredients and mediocre treatment length qualities.

Gip Tape is different and versatile enough to allow for a multitude of designs.

Its possible to make inexpensive Bricks to any dimension and in some cases reusable within the same Hive (afb risk)   

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Posted (edited)

‘‘Twas me, I did it 😁

 

65% formic in water, bricks placed on top bars. No plastic bags involved - I’m trying to eliminate plastic from our hives which is one of the drivers for using gib tape from Phil, as I was getting pissed off with all the single use plastic strips, wrappers and tubs (the last from MAQs).

 

i like formic - it is effective and once you learn how to operate around it, there is little risk to the user. Penetrates caps so reaches into the cells hunting out varroa. Generally I’ve used it as a flash treatment rather than slow release (different to the MAQs concept) but in talking with Phil we thought that gib bricks may be a way of slowing release down to give some length of control.

 

anecdotally these bricks seem to work better than the flash treatments I was using, but not as long lasting as OA strips (as you would expect). Certainly raised my interest and I’ll play around with them again this season. They’re far from a finished product at this stage.  

 

Regards reusing - Phil not so keen on this as I am. I found the bricks are more robust than strips and bees can’t pull them apart. A well functioning hive will keep them dry, so apart from being nibbles around the edge and having a little propolis on them, they come out similar to when they went in. So I re-soaked and re-used some, which seemed to work fine. I don’t believe the AFB risk doing this is any different to switching frames or anything else between hives - we’re looking for it all the time anyway and if there was any doubt the strips would be burned along with the rest of the hive.

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