Dear Dr. Pedro,
I have read all of the forum artcles and your research. I am in horticulture and was wondering before I decided to get into beekeeping what organic materials I could use besides chemicals on my hives.
With dormant oil used in horticulture and other insecticides, there is immunity building up within the insect world, and I to have wondered why food grade oils could not be applied for mite control. Oils are applied for scale control on plants and that causes sophication of the insect.
When I stumbled across your research, I was amazed someone had already researched this information out for me. I can clearly see that a food grade oil, which is mineral oil, is working in the beekeeping industry. Great research by the way.
I am going to start my hives in April and plan on using your system and incoporate your cords but do not plan on using thymol. If I do use thymol later on, do I have to take the honey supers off when the hive is being fogged and how much thymol do you use with the oil? When you use the chords, again I was unclear while reading your information if you place the cords in all boxes or just on the top box?
I want to thank everyone for their input as this forum and the other international beekepers forum has provided much great knowledge for those already in the business and newbies like me. I hope to keep in touch with you on my outcome.
My sister lives in Virginia Beach and I would love to meet you sometime to discuss beekeeping when I get down that way, but that won't soon. I will keep in touch with members and yourself here. Thanks for your input.
Glad to be a part of this fourm