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  1. Greetings everyone, I'm looking to buy a Lega Oxalic Acid (OA) vaporiser/heat gun to do my varoa treatment for this winter. I'm not anti-strip/chemical treatment but simple exploring the alternatives. I wonder if any one has some experience with Lega vaporiser. The cost for Lega vaporiser is around $800 from Ecrotek plus you need to buy a portable generator. I also heard that the Lega gun doesn't work with the generator less than 15kw? I probably will need to spend another $1500 for a generator. I wonder if anyone has some experiences of Lega vaporiser and
  2. Greetings everyone, I'm looking to buy a Lega Oxalic Acid (OA) vaporiser/heat gun to do my varoa treatment for this winter. I'm not anti-strip/chemical treatment but simple exploring the alternatives. I wonder if any one has some experience with Lega vaporiser. The cost for Lega vaporiser is around $800 from Ecrotek plus you need to buy a portable generator. I also heard that the Lega gun doesn't work with the generator less than 15kw? I probably will need to spend another $1500 for a generator. I wonder if anyone has some experiences of Lega vaporiser and
  3. I'm an urban beek newbie (for those that don't know), and today was an overdue inspection of both hives. Apricot is going great guns! 2 ¾ boxes of brood, above that 3rd brood is full of honey with 1 full ¾ and 1 half full FD above the QE. Queen is still laying well & sugar shake found 1 varoa in a full cup of bees (I know that's too much, I've now marked the jar to ensure ½ cup next time) But its neighbour, Quince, is trying but failing. I've attached some pictures. This queen is new this year after superseding the queen that came with the nuc. She's laying well, and swathes of br
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Hi everyone, Pondering the warm winter canterbury is having (and presumably elsewhere) and my bees are out several times/week. But it's not warm enough to confidently open the hive. With roaming bees and warmer climes, should I be considering winter varoa treatments with my vaporiser to help beat back the spring surge of varoa? It's a good treatment for winter in that I don't need to open the hive, and its not temperature sensitive. And some of the "science" behind oxalic acid uses it to target a bloodless treatment anyway. Further info - I don't currently strips, a philosophical
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