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  1. #1
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    Default Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Hello, has anyone heard or used vaporized, food grade mineral oil for the treatment of Varroa? I have talked to one person who has also heard of it but we cannot seem to find much on the subject. Any feed back/input from any of you will be helpful.
    thanks in advance,
    Rathbone

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Try searching for "FGMO" here on Beesource. I've never used it in or around hives, but others have. Some swear by it, some swear at it.

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Rathbone,

    Search the The Fat Beeman on YouTube. He has some videos on there about using MO. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    I'm going to try it this going year there's alot about it on the net and here if you do a serch.
    I have my fogger and my FGMO i am ready!!
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 15 hives==== T{OAV}

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    A guy in my local club fogs with vinegar and swears by it. He's a long time beekeeper, not a novice. -js

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Thanks for the input, I would consider this to be a pretty soft treatment. But that, along with a few other things like a screened bottom board powdered sugar dusting and good quality Hygienic queens will go a long way, but do any of you know of or heard of any problems with the queens egg laying being interrupted when using FGMO?
    And Hello BAD GUY!!!

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Here is a study that may be of interest.

    http://www.beekeeping.com/articles/us/mineral_oil.htm

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Thanks d. I think I'm give it a try.

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Rathbone,

    No problem, good luck and let me know how you make out. It's just another tool in our IPM arsenal. :-)

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    My mentor - who has been tending bees for 70 years - and was a veterinarian by trade - uses this method, along with screened bottom boards for varroa control. He has tried them all - and settled on this method as best all around. I have begun using it just this year - so I have no results as of yet.

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Rathbone.....


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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    Thanks BEEMAN!!!
    I'm sold. Where is the best place to get the FGMO in gallon size?
    Rath.

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    http://www.steoil.com/ or most drug stores sell it.

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    I used to use an insect fogger with FGMO, and the results were poor for me. I use formic acid (1.1) in a 24 hour treatment now with great results and only treat as necessary.

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    Default Re: Mineral Oil as preventative for varroa

    My friend used a FGMO fog while she was beekeeping in New Zealand. A short account with pics is here. Personally, I like the thymol-soaked rope that they used. Looks interesting.
    Rusty
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com "A Better Way to Bee"

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