Barry - tried to stirr Robert up with this one: was on Essex Eng. site and found this posting by J.T.Brown: one large screw top jar, ground green almond husks (walnut will work) fill jar to 1/2inch from top; add alcohol (vodka will do) to fill; steep 30 days, soak a fume-pad, place pad facing brood, leave for 30 days, keep repeating. No more mites! Now, would it be better to drink the vodka first or after the first soaking? Check out the posting: www.beedata.com/data2/green_husks.htm