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    Is anyone using mineral oil for mite control? I've been putting a small bead on the top bars for a couple years. Recently I saw a beekeeping site offering an insecticide fogger (one that never had insecticide in it) to atomize the mineral oil and blow it into the hives. Anyone with experience with this?
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    Go to the FGMO section (Food Grade Mineral Oil) section.

    There is tons of info and discussion.

    Bruce

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    Not wanting to start flogging this dead horse again BUT newbees should know that many of us tried mineral oil and the mites increased.So you should approach this cautiously and be prepared to use an alternative.I am absolutely convinced mineral oil is ineffective.Others believe it is the answer to our prayers for mite control.

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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    Quote Originally Posted by loggermike View Post
    Not wanting to start flogging this dead horse again BUT newbees should know that many of us tried mineral oil and the mites increased.So you should approach this cautiously and be prepared to use an alternative.I am absolutely convinced mineral oil is ineffective.Others believe it is the answer to our prayers for mite control.
    http://www.apiservices.com/articles/us/mineral_oil.htm

    increased?

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    No matter what: Monitor, monitor, monitor!

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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh W View Post
    Is anyone using mineral oil for mite control? I've been putting a small bead on the top bars for a couple years. Recently I saw a beekeeping site offering an insecticide fogger (one that never had insecticide in it) to atomize the mineral oil and blow it into the hives. Anyone with experience with this?
    How are you counting mites to know if this treatment is having any effect?
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    Andrew - Don't hold you breath for a response from Leigh W. She posted this question in February 2005, and has a grand total of 5 forum posts in the intervening nearly 8 years.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    According to the link provided by otto this was a very controlled study concluding that the fogging method with fgmo was effective in reducing the mite population. Are there any controlled studies out there that refute this? Other than personal opinion.

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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    Quote Originally Posted by oldforte View Post
    Are there any controlled studies out there that refute this? Other than personal opinion.
    Not personal opinion, personal experience! FGMO (fogging or otherwise) by itself does not reduce the mite population.......
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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    Oldforte - Randy Oliver's site reports on his controlled studies on the efficacy of a number of different treatments. I didn't find one on FGMO, but you may be interested in this page of Randy's:
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/ipm-...tments-part-2/
    Graham
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    Default Re: mineral oil for mite control

    Controlled studies done by reputable sources....seems in the study..to have folks with that knowledge...carry more credability than single source experience. Wouldn't you agree? Any controlled studies to refute this? All i'm trying to do is try to figure out the best and easyist way to prevent mite pop. Fogging with fgmo and maybe some additive seems to fit.

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