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Philbee last won the day on September 18

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  1. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Its not a major. If you have the double row staples it just means that the sharp fold gives the Bees a corner to chew at between the rows at the top bar Not every Hive chews them this way so its really just dealing with the few that do.
  2. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Dont use a vivid
  3. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    No, Kaihoka, it does not mean that
  4. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    The single row stitch Staple is open source The edge protected Staple was developed some time ago without any input outside my operation. I just didn't talk about it and there is a substantial amount of intellectual property attached to the edge protected Staple that will not be seen for a couple of years The edge protected Staple has unique features that will open up new possibilities for Mite control
  5. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Also Guys Something to be mindful of The edge reinforced Staples have a Patent filing number.
  6. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    One more thing Best not to fold Staples over the top Bar This is because the 90 degree fold line offers a place for the Bees to attack the staple within the bounds of the reinforcing threads The Bees cannot attack the face of the Staple easily because the Mandibles are no designed to attack a flat surface. They are designed to attack an edge Bolt cutters work in a similar fashion. The fold line in effect creates an edge that will fit within the Mandibles so the Staple should be bent in a curve over the top Bars This folding /wrapping issue was discussed in earlier posts The edge at the opposite end of the Staple (lower edge) is not so vulnerable to attack because is usually outside (below) the Brood area
  7. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Here is an example of the reinforced edge Staple principle These staples are not the reinforced type but do demonstrate the principle behind the new type Staple. There is one more in the wings beyond the double stitch version and is the next step if required That is the edge overlocked Staple for powerful Summer Hives. The Staples shown in the Photo are overwintered Staples I removed today (6 months) The Red lines are adjacent to areas of the Staple where the Bees have chewed across to the center line stitch and have been Stopped. This is the principle of the new double row stitched Staple. The double stitch new version also has extra threads in the Stitch to form a solid barrier.
  8. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Difficult one. The rules are that if you prepare your own treatments it is you the Beekeeper who is responsible for ensuring that no unacceptable residues find their way into the Honey for sale. The one almost absolute way of meeting this requirement is to not have treatments on during the Flow However there is likely some room to move in this regard with OA /GL and time will tell
  9. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Also Craebee , Are there Staples in each of those Boxes?
  10. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    You will need the gruntier version in there. possibly a 4 layer double row stitch. maybe the yet to be seen overlocked Staple
  11. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Lol Interesting question. One of the rules for an own use treatment is that the Beek is responsible for ensuring that their treatment does not leave unacceptable residues in the Honey. How the Beek is to achieve this is not stipulated.
  12. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Consider also that I overwinter with Staples in which surly has a dramatic effect on Mite numbers in Spring
  13. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    The Staples work the same as any treatment and they need to be in there for more than a Brood cycle. My preference is for at least 6 weeks I follow with mite counts. Last Spring I gave up counts because I was killing too many Bees for Zero Mites using Alcohol.(6 weeks in minimum and most Staples stayed in until completely gone). Consider though that Ive been developing this system and have an excuse for end on end treatments of the same ingredients. At some stage we will need to confront this issue and make alternative options. So Frazzle I keep the Staples in the Hive for at least 6 weeks and then test. Then I dont remove the the survivors and may even add some while the Hive is open. Consider also that as a Beekeeper this system is yours to develop also.
  14. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    There is another reason ,not widely known why the Gib Tape will carry on and be developed further It is traceable back to the factory in the USA. It has a clean American Material Safety Data Sheet that has opened the door for it in ways here that Im not at liberty to elaborate on, (work by another party) The paper trail relating to bleaching & GMO are serious considerations for any cellulose produce.
  15. Philbee

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Im not sure that Glycerine can dry up. The Staples that I find with the Dry appearance are ones outside the controlled humidity of the brood nest. In a hive that has had them in over winter you will find Staples from the outer frames that are very dry to hold but still have OA in them especially within the laminates It is clear that the Glycerine has gone I suspect that these Staples get very wet through the winter from absorbing moisture from the air. This moisture connects to the Glycerine and somehow, by some means is lost, leaving behind some of the OA. These are typically the Staples that have had the least coverage by Bees. In the same Hive there are normally over wintered Staples within or close to the Brood that are moist to handle and still have the bite of OA. Then there is often a third type of over wintered Staple within or close to the Brood nest that is still greasy. Im my opinion all these Staples will still be working to various degrees and the different physical characteristics of each will probably be related to the various controlled climate zones within a Hive. The Staples that get the most "water wet" lose the most solution earliest and the Staples in the controlled Brood nest zone hold onto the Solution the longest or as long as they are able to resist chewing by the Bees.