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  1. With very little else to do for at least 4 weeks, I thought I might document my system for creating OG strips. I haven't read on the topic since last year, I hope what i do isn't out of date? But they have worked very successfully for me. I have created this method as a small hobbyist, which I hope that other beekeepers with only a few hives can get their head around and follow. I've taken some pics to help with the process. Firstly, i have my own crappy old sewing machine, pretty important. I use Proform Gib tape from Bunnings, 2 1/16 wide, $7 odd. There's lots of little tips that go along wi
  2. It's interesting how 'Fads' come and go. I was thinking about Philbee this morning , and how he drove the O/A thread that generated such a lot of feedback and information. Philbee is in hibernation and the O/A thread seems to be dead ..... but that doesn't mean to say people have stopped using it. How are people's bees faring with this autumn's O/A treatments ..... ?
  3. There are several formic acid dispensers in the market, but they don't seem to be very popular. There may be several reasons for that, including that beekeepers are not to keen to be playing with formic acid and release of formic acid varies with weather. What I haven't seen in the market is oxalic acid dispensers that allow for a long-term applicaton of oxalic acid over a period of 4-6 weeks (not talking about the one-off vaporisers where one needs to come back weekly unless the hive is going through broodless period). Would a long-term treatment of oxalic acid delivered with a
  4. Hi Team, I've been watching various treatment threats in Diseases & Pests, and I have one question of Beginners. I'm using OA with good success. But my question regards adding MAQS to the regime. I understand the MAQS/Formic acid is a different action and can attack varroa in the brood comb and not so much the varroa on the bees (phoretic) I've seen it's temperature and volume restrictions and the needs for a strong well fed hive. But it says "leave the hive undisturbed for 7days". Now that clearly means, no inspections... no big deal. But does it mean, no concurrent OA
  5. Hello everyone, I've maxed out my beekiness today. I've done a sugar shake test 13mites/300ish bees gives me 4% level in my new, and only, hive. I've done my first oxalic acid vaporisation ¼ teaspoon (1g) for my only brood box, as per kiwimana, and went well. Best I've ever done infact... I'm going to re-treat every 5-7 days for the next 3 treatments and retest my mite count after that (fingers crossed). It's amazing that despite this method being "mainstream" for the many years now, and well ahead of Europe's dribble method, that there is still a bit of variation in advice. I
  6. Hi team, Did my first inspection today, in light of all the online activity suggesting it was time to crack the lid. I found 3-4 frame ball of bees around empty frames. Some half emerged brood etc, but no capped brood. It was chilly & a cool breeze so as soon as I saw my queen I stopped. So no eggs seen but thats ok? I did see lots of DWV so have started weekly Oxalic, and I'll re-inspect in 2 weeks. I'm not doing a mite count (there was not that many bees) and with signs of mite syndrome I thought I'd treat anyway. On the good side, queen seen. And lots of capped hone
  7. For the new beeks, and the old dogs looking for new tricks. The oxalic acid sublimation/vaporiser use is reviewed and studied in the latest (march) Bee Culture. You can get a free online 3 months subscription if you want to check it out. Bottom line, it works. And 2.25g/brood box seems to be the magic number. But they were treating bloodless (over winter) hives for maximum single treatment effect.
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