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    Default Mite Gel ??????

    I found this on e-bay. I've not heard of anything like this before. I e-mailed the seller (no experience selling on e-bay and newly signed up) asking these questions. There is no picture.

    Does anyone else know what this is or what it does, or even what the chemical process is that rids the hive of mites?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=170308119179

    I'm curious, but very skeptical.

    Grant
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    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

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    some people mite call it Apiguard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud Dingler View Post
    some people mite call it Apiguard!
    Yep, I agree or Apicure...

    "Apicure Formic Acid Gel (EPA Reg. No. 72839-1) is a slow release formulation of formic acid in a plastic pouch for control of tracheal mites and suppression of varroa mites in honeybee hives. The formic acid gel is not removed from the plastic pouch. Two large slits in the shape of an "X" are cut in the upper surface of the plastic pouch and the pouch is then placed directly in the beehive. The gel pack is left in the hive for three weeks (21 days) and must be removed from the hive at least four weeks (28 days) before the beginning of surplus honey flow to prevent contamination of marketable honey."

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    Looks like a homebrew/scam to me. If it's a name brand why not just put it in the title or description?

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    why would anyone buy something for a couple of shekels at Ebay? like the postage will be more then the purchase

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    The seller gave me a response and said it was "Parson's Gold"

    The web link he gave me was for Parson's Gold Bee Calmer, a totally herbal gel that calms the bees. It works as a miticide.

    I'm not familiar with this gel or what herbs make it work.

    http://www.parsonsgold-honeybees.com/beecalmer.htm


    Grant
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    I wonder if it (the miticide) might smell like cloves? and the b-calmer a bit like mint?
    just specualating for certain?

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    Default Parson's gold

    I have been using it for about 6 years. Our president of our local club has been using it longer. You can use it with your honey supers on. You have to spread it on a a thin plastic like X ray film. Let it sit in the sun for a minute, and slide it in the front of the hive. The vapors kill the mites. It does work, but it doesn't get the mites that are caped in the cells. For me I don't find many mites is spring or summer, but towards fall they really show up. The mites fall on the x ray film and then you can count them. It kinda smells like mint. It suppost to be all natural. Some chemist from South America came up with it. I think it had petroleum jelly in it. Thats what I been told anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    It works as a miticide.
    Allegedly!

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    Looked at his other auctions and he has bee stuff listed. I think the seller and the producer are one in the same.
    Home of the ventilated and sting resistant Ultra Breeze bee suits and jackets
    http://www.honeymoonapiaries.com

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