I am new to beekeeping, and i would like to know a few things about food grade mineral oil (i have been having some trouble finding information elsewhere).
First of all, where can i find information on it (other than this messageboard?
Does it effect the quality of the honey?
I know it helps against Varoa mites, does it work against tracheal mites (or anything else for that matter)?
>First of all, where can i find information on it (other than this messageboard?
Dr. Rodriguez could probably offer other boards where this is discussed. I am not certain where all this has bee published, but I know there was an article in the American Bee Journal on it.
>Does it effect the quality of the honey?
No. I use the fogger on my observation hive and there is not even a noticable amount on the glass. Also, FGMO is an approved food additive anyway. It is an inert oil that has no chemical reaction to anything. It kills the mites by physical effects, not chemical ones. Also, according to tests that Dr. Rodriguez has had done there is no residue of it in the honey.
>I know it helps against Varoa mites, does it work against tracheal mites (or anything else for that matter)?
Dr. Rodriguez is doing research on other pests and problems and continuing his research on methods of applying it for Varroa and I'm not certain what all of those pests might be, but yes, it does work against tracheal mites.
Here are some links to more info here on this board:
Plus many discussions on this thread.
i cant believe i didnt notice that its Food Grade Mineral Oil (duh), but thanks
the websites are very helpful