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    I started a course of MiteAway 2 on my hives & I had a couple of questions that weren't answered by the product label or the Nod web site;

    * Can the colony be fed (preferably with a hivetop feeder) during treatment?
    * I had 2 days during the 1st week of treatment that got above 80F (despite the forecast) & the pads were removed, then replaced. Do I add 2 days to the course or should they be removed on the 21st day?
    * I inserted the bottom trays on the SBBs to better seal the hive. Is this adequate or should I have replaced them with conventional BBs?

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    I would't hav ebotheres to remove the pad unless the temperature went sky high especially if it had been on for a few days already. It gasees off quite quickly6 the first few days the the colony settles down a bit and the evaporation rate slows somewhat. Add a couple days to the treatment. Sealing off the SBB will do just fine, no need to put a conventional BB.

    Jean-Marc

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    Thanks Jean-Marc. The girls don't seem any worse for the wear, but your advice is reassuring. I'll try regressing them next year & powdered sugar if needed, but meanwhile MA2 seemed like a good soft control for now.

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    For anyone else using Miteaway 2, I received the official word from Liz Corbet of NOD Apiary Products. She very graciously responded to my questions about the product;

    > * Can the colony be fed (preferably with a hivetop feeder) during
    > treatment?

    Yes, you may feed during treatment. It may take the bees 4 or 5 days to
    start taking the feed (they don't like to go past the pad due to the
    formic vapors). Eventually they will start taking the feed.

    > * I had 2 days during the 1st week of treatment that got above 80F
    (despite the forecast) & the pads were removed, then replaced. Do I add 2
    days to the course or should they be removed on the 21st day?

    Yes, add 2 days to treatment, if the pads were put back in the plastic
    pail with the lid on securely so they didn't evaporate in the open air.

    > * I inserted the bottom trays on the SBBs to better seal the hive. Is this
    adequate or should I have replaced them with conventional BBs?

    If the trays are fairly tight that should be sufficient to seal the hive.


    > * Can the hive be opened & inspected during the treatment?

    Yes, but preferably wait until after the first week of treatment, which is
    the most crucial for achieving high mite drops.

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