You do not soak strips. it is a new treatment for BEE Keepers no blue shop towels involved. If you want the study done on it and how to apply srnd me a PM.
But Amitraz resistance by varroa mites has now been recorded. Mostly though, it's still working. But uncontrolled dosing WILL speed resistance, just what time frame that will be who knows.
I'm interested Ishi, can you link here?
Speaking of telling the truth Keith what are you using for mites???
If you are prepared to ask be prepared to answer. I haven't used anything besides thymol or oxalic for around 7 years And have never used Amitraz.
It's been over 4 years since using apiguard been using an essential oil mix the last 4 years so not a problem saying. Also helps with viruses (samples to Dave Wick).
Heh heh... bet we are getting ready to hear from a whole line of Commercial beekeepers who have never seen a shop towel....... :)
Back in the day used a lot menthol, oil and the infamous blue shop towel for t mite and maverk and towels ( as per work done in israel ) before any thing else was available.
Now that's funny, Herb!
I've posted my syrup mix before, I also use a blend of 10 plant oils on a cotton pad applied 6 times a year. Attachment 5254
Well the bees look pretty happy. :)
Guess I'll have to go search your posts. I'm not much interested in syrup mix as I hardly ever use syrup but if you have not detailed the cotton pad plant oils before I'd love to hear it. I guess you just let the bees chew out the pad so you don't have to remove it yourself?
Brood break , quickstrips, apigaurd and oxalic acid have have worked for myself although there is a learning curve on dose timing and proper application
Most will not clean them out. I apply 3 in the spring 10 days apart then the same in the fall. It's a blend of oil, thymol, euc, menthol and 7 others. Always changing due to additional research. I seem to find time to do research, attend meetings, talk to other beeks, and run bees. Spent all last week supering. Attachment 5255