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  1. #1
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    Default Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Has anyone heard of this thing? I saw it in an add in the American Bee Journal.

    http://www.vmvaporizer.com/
    There is no INTELLIGENT life on any other planet, they're probably like us!!!!

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Not commercial, treatment free - look horrifying to me:
    - person breath all these vapors
    - complicated setup - a generator, an air compressor, wires ...
    - I do not know how they control a dose? For Oxalic acid dose is extremely important. Overdose will kill bees, underdose could create a super-mite.
    Серёжа, Sergey

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by BoTBees View Post
    Has anyone heard of this thing? I saw it in an add in the American Bee Journal.

    http://www.vmvaporizer.com/
    i have not seen that yet. but i have been experimenting with a bug vaporizer you can buy at lowes or home depot. its a black flag bug vap. i have been mixing the oxalic acid with mineral oil and trying to vaporize that but it seems the oxalic does not want to dissolve very well in the mineral oil. i did try it with just water but does not vaporize as well. also there is the problem with it igniting and creating a quick blast of flame witch does burn a few bees if it happends when im sticking it right in the entrance. any one else have any thoughts on all this. i would sure like to get this to work. it seems fast. i have full protective gear. mast, gloves, goggles.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    hmmmm ... well we love our bees. i couldnt see 'vaporizing' them ever.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by tommysnare View Post
    i couldnt see 'vaporizing' them ever.
    Then you are missing out on a valuable mite fighting tool....
    http://OxaVap.com
    Your source for Oxalic Acid Vaporizers

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Never heard of this one, most guys make one out of a tin can and a glow plug.
    All beekeepers can agree on one thing, and that one thing is, that all beekeepers can't agree on one thing.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    I went to demo of this thing in Modesto Ca last year ,looked pretty good. Must have been 10-12 keepers there no one was coughing or wheezing going on. I know one guy that got one,says he likes it. I might watch this thing in operation again, there is no green in the Ca foothills this year,so this could be dangerous.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by tommysnare View Post
    hmmmm ... well we love our bees. i couldnt see 'vaporizing' them ever.
    This is a commercial forum, folks new at the business should listen and learn

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    They love them so much they sit and watch them die from varroa and virus.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Are they wearing respirators? I've seen similar setups and the amount of vapors in the air is a little disturbing. I tried it last year and barely saw fumes come out the top of the hive and it that made me cough a little.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by GageFamilyBeekeeping View Post
    This is a commercial forum, folks new at the business should listen and learn
    Facebook has the "LIKE" button I've heard. I'm glad Beesource doesn't have an "Agree" button. If it did I would have pounded the keyboard so hard on the above quote that I'm sure that even the folks in Boston would have felt the earthquake caused by my pent up release of consternation. All the "experts" who put their worthless two cents on subjects they have no clue about really make me wonder what the liability insurance costs the gentleman who owns this thing.

    Two things:

    1. OA kills mites very well.
    2. Looking at the video I'm not sure the operator or the viewers know the same can be said of humans. I didn't see as many caution warnings as would be wise to post.
    One of my biggest remembrances of Apimondia Vancouver in 99 comes from talking with folks from Canada who warned me about its ill effect on beekeepers in the Plains region who had failed to use the proper safety gear and techniques when using OA. The only way I would use it via this method would be by wearing a full body positive pressure suit fed from a compressor hundreds of yards away.

    It seems way more prudent to replace dead bees with "good" ones than to replace your lungs with another pair of "good" ones. Please be careful folks.

    Breath on...............

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Is there a tutorial on using OA anywhere? This forum or anywhere else?

    Never mind, I found the Randy Oliver article.

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    Default Re: Varroa Mite Vaporizer?

    Quote Originally Posted by tommysnare View Post
    hmmmm ... well we love our bees. i couldnt see 'vaporizing' them ever.
    But you will congest their population and force them to live in an artificial environment without taking responsibility for the consequences.
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