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    Default Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Looking at trying one of their units but I'd like to see how well it has worked for others. Thanks, Chip

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    me too, interested to hear how it works
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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Suchan View Post
    me too, interested to hear how it works
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jY3f8BzLw-k

    I don't know if I'd want to be walking around in a cloud of OA. . Though looks interesting for sure.
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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Let me rephrase that i watched the movie on the website. Just wondering how much of that is done on the large scale. And how effective it is. Is that the unit that costs $3k?

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Not real effective on a large scale

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Not real effective or too time comsuming??

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Suchan View Post
    Let me rephrase that i watched the movie on the website. Just wondering how much of that is done on the large scale. And how effective it is. Is that the unit that costs $3k?
    That's the one. Anybody with any experience with the unit?

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    anyone ??????????

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Quote Originally Posted by high rate of speed View Post
    Not real effective on a large scale
    Why do you say this?

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    The beeinformed group tried to evaluate it last year but the bees had low mite loads prior to the evaluation so it wasn't a valid test. Their website says another evaluation is planned but it doesn't say when. Assuming the device heats to the correct sublimation temp, it should work if the dosage isn't overly critical. The big difference is that it actively pumps the vapor into the hive versus a passive unit that vaporizes a specific dose. Seems to work fast enough for commercial application.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Don't mean to sound like an owl.but for who? What commercial outfits?

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Quote Originally Posted by high rate of speed View Post
    Don't mean to sound like an owl.but for who? What commercial outfits?
    Not sure what you mean but my question referred to any outfit with a large number of hives to treat. Current mite treatments require that you open the hive, generally break two boxes apart, put in a treatment and often do the same to remove the treatment. The website for the vaporizer I was asking about doesn't require you to open the hive and they claim they can treat well over a 100 hives in less than an hour. If it works, that would be attractive to me and probably other.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Yes it seems easy and cheap and quick. I went ahead and bought one so we will see how it works.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Cool. Does it look to be well made?

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    I'm curious also. I look forward to hearing your review.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Mine arrived yesterday looks very well made.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Cool. Let us know how it works for you. I'm optimistic that we'll get a decent tool for commercial beekeepers and this may be the ticket.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Well ,did anybody try this thing out? Just wondering if this vaporizer works.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

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    There's another one out there that a friend has used and says it works very well. If you google Lega Italy, you can see their catalog and the vaporizer. Their's uses a 220v heat gun and they claim it will treat 60-80 hives/hour. They will sell you just the vaporizer if you want to buy a 120v heat gun. The Steinel brand will fit their vaporizer so you don't have to modify anything to make it work. The vaporizer runs about $250 and a 120v gun is about $150. They have a person who speaks English but email seems the best way to communicate. The red part in the image is the vaporizer and they will sell it separately if you email them. They are out of stock till September I hear.

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    Default Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    After using the vaporizer for two weeks here is what i have found. It takes about 10-15 seconds to gas a 1 1/2 story hive. I have done a couple of sticky boards and alcohol washes.
    Sticky board #1 from 109 mites to 328, #2 138 mites to 534 after 24 hrs, I tried to count the whole board on each. Alcohol washes, #1 from 10% to6%, #2 from 6% to 3%, #3 from 7%to 3%,
    #4 from 6% to 0%, #5 from 6% to 2%. I took wash samples from open brood frames about 200 to 300 bees per sample. Hives were treated 3 times approx. 5-6 days apart. We have had terrible weather starting this spring in Texas and until a couple of weeks ago here in Nebraska i guess the mites liked it though. I did do an OA dribble around Christmas, the bees did go to the almonds, but no spring treatment was used, but i never have used one in the past 100% new queens. I will be vaporizing my nucs next spring for sure.

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