Actually....that would of happened with any kind of mite treatment...especially if you did it in the dead of winter where the weather is unpredictable and bees are at their most vulnerable time of the year.
Originally Posted by odfrank
I suspect someone used an incorrect dosage of the lemongrass, thymol and what was the other thing??? I mean geez, that's some heavy duty stuff. Essential Oils are very powerful!! Let me repeat that...EO's are one of the best methods for beekeeping maintenance, but they have to be treated with care! More so since there's a lack of information on the correct amounts to be used, etc. when you compare it to miteaway and all the other "conventional' methods. A little goes a long way and if the bees aren't returning..BINGO...someone used entirely way too much and pretty much murdered their own bees. Unfortunately, this is how we learn. Care to share how much you used, etc.? It would be an interesting discussion.
P.S. I personally like the idea of using EO's....and I want to learn sooo much more about this, because I think this is one of the keys to good beekeeping management. EO's are derived from plants and flowers, if we can find a medicine or a cure for mites using it and experimenting, I think it's worth trying and exploring. I'd like to try it out on the HUGE Japenese Hornets this summer, Does anyone know if there has been any documented experiments using EO's in Beehives?
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