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About Sirius

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    Masterton and surrounds
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    Hobby Beekeeper
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    0224 747487


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    Masterton, Wairarapa

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  1. Hi Folks. Been a while since posting. Moving down country and getting set-up in the Wairarapa took longer than expected! I still have several MiteZapper systems available but I'm not actively promoting as, although there was a lot of interest, the demand just wasn't there. Please feel free to contact me if you want to find out more about an effective alternative to traditional varroa treatment strips. Cheers. Arthur.
  2. Thanks Rob. Although there's only a few interconnections on the MiteZapper (two for the battery, then one female out of the controller joins one male into the frame), beeks will like the simplicity of the sliding drone cutting system. @kaihoka . Fair comment. Any drone cutting method will kill all the drones on that frame, but MiteZapper leaves the bottom three rows of brood untouched. That way some of the drone survive for mating. Any attached varroa survive too, but it is likely they could become a future target for zapping.
  3. Hi folks. Just letting you know that I will be bringing in another varroa management system available from the same beeks who developed the MiteZapper system. VarroaXtractor is based on the more familiar drone cutting method. The advantage of the VarroaXtractor is a side entry box and a sliding frame assembly, reducing the need for full hive dismantling to get to the varroa infested drone brood. You simply take off the cover door, slide out the frame, cut out the drone foundation and slide the empty frame back in. Replace the cover door and you're away again. VarroaXtractor will be more cost effective than the MiteZapper and will probably appeal to those desiring a more traditional method of drone cutting. I will be bringing my first samples in to NZ shortly. Will be interested in receiving your feedback. Arty.
  4. Hello again. The presentations at both Wellington and Waikato were well received. I have added trial results from both the Whangarei and Franklin trials on my website (see link in above comment). It's fair to say that both trials have been successful, which I hope will encourage further usage. Thanks to all who've shown interest in the MiteZapper thus far. If you're interested in finding out more, please feel free to email me on siriusbmite@orcon.net.nz or ring 0224 747487. Arty.
  5. It's been a while since I posted here. To update you all: So far, I've presented to Whangarei, Franklin, Auckland and Wairarapa clubs. Presentation at the Wellington club this coming weekend and Waikato / Hamilton club mid-March. I have sold a number of the MiteZapper systems and have two trials underway, one in Franklin, the other in Northland through the Whangarei club. Trial data received from Franklin looks very promising. I am awaiting data from Whangarei. When I have received all trial data, I shall correlate and post either here or on my website Sirius Automation Limited . If your local club is interested in finding out more, I would be happy to visit and give a presentation. Please feel free to post your requests and contact details. Arty.
  6. I have got two trials (Franklin and Whangarei) underway now the drone rearing season is starting. I shall post data as and when it becomes available.
  7. The efficacy data is available in *.pdf form on my website Sirius Automation Limited on the data page
  8. @Jean. The food grade plastic is propylene. I will have results of efficacy testing produced by the manufacturer up on my website next week. MiteZapper have indicated that their trials indicated no effect on queen viability. Colony health was improved by the reduction in varroa infestation over the trial period. I hope the figures will speak for themselves. Thanks.
  9. @Martin. Thanks for the invitation. Sounds good. I would be happy to present the MiteZapper concept to your members. Please feel free to email me on siriusbmite@orcon.net.nz so we can arrange details. Cheers. Art.
  10. @Jean. Good questions. I know the frame plastic moulding is a very stable compound and will not off gas at 'zapping' temperature. It is RoHS compliant and made of food grade material. This has been tested and stated by the manufacturer. The brood food question I don't have the expertise to comment on, but I would suggest it is either discarded or re-cycled depending on the workers acceptance level. I'm not aware of any impact on queen viability under the circumstances, but I will endeavour to find out more for you. The bottom two or three rows of the frame are not heated and so some drone brood are allowed to hatch if these rows have been populated. Any enclosed brood food would also 'survive' unaffected. As MiteZapper has only recently started promotion, I don't have any local efficacy figures to quote as of yet. I anticipate this will change later in the year with a couple of trials taking place. MiteZapper was tested in 42 colonies over three different apiaries in Michigan state and, when compared against control colonies and drone colonies, varroa mite levels in the hive were under 30 per day; manageable by the colony and economically viable. Its effectiveness is quoted at 85 to 95 percent. As for commercial operations ... I agree. I can't see why MiteZapper couldn't be scaled up for use under such circumstances, although the target market is the hobbyist and small to medium sized operations. Thanks.
  11. Been a while since I posted. I have presented MiteZapper to the Whangarei Bee Club and Franklin Bee Keepers. Feedback has been very positive. I will be presenting at other clubs over the coming months.
  12. @@Deb ... excellent. Would be interested to hear how effective you find the MiteZapper, so keep us posted. Did you purchase one frame per hive and one controller to service both? @@Janice. Thanks for the information regarding drones / queen mating. May I be of assistance to you for your ongoing mite treatment ... ??
  13. A good question Deb ... but I'm afraid I don't have the expertise to answer that. I surmise that if the queen is already mated then a reduced number of drones isn't going to matter, but my learned colleagues on this forum might correct me on that. What I can say is that during the zap cycle, the MiteZapper will kill the majority of drone pupae and varroa resident on it. However, the lower few rows are not heated and any drone brood developing here, along with their accompanying varroa, will survive into maturity and hatch out. The reason for this is to allow partial growth of drone brood at the risk of leaving some varroa to die another day. But as the MiteZapper cycle is every three weeks throughout the season, then the majority of varroa infecting the next developing drone brood will be dealt to ... and so on ... The MiteZapper is an effective and labour saving means of managing the varroa problem ... but we can't say it will eliminate it.
  14. The temperature in the frame during zapping is approximately 65degC. The bees wax acts a heat sink, distributing the heat evenly through the frame. It is not recommended that the frame is 'zapped' without bees wax present. Please note that the frames are supplied without bees wax applied. The frames should be brushed or dipped with wax prior to insertion in the hive.
  15. Also ... I shall post more MiteZapper data on my website Sirius Automation Limited including the owners manual and applying beeswax. The frames are imported without beeswax due to customs regulations and a coating needs to be applied prior to hive insertion (brushed or dipped). Also, as there is no heating element in the bottom four rows of a frame, these are not 'zapped and any drones / mites in these rows are not killed. This may allow some drone brood to survive the 'zapping' process to continue their role, albeit possibly with mites in tow!
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