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    Default Thymol & mites

    Question , How or what is the mechanism with Thymol that kills v mites?

    Also, how would you suggest to use Thymol?

    looking for additional soft treatments for mites at different times during year.

    Thanks in advance
    Larry Pender,Jubilee HoneyBee Company,Camarillo, CA

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    Default Re: Thymol & mites

    Check Randy Oliver's site. But remember, if you measure your thymol syrup in Milli-moles, he will claim you are not a beekeeper( a comment I took personal).

    Crazy Roland

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    Default Re: Thymol & mites

    Thymomite from Heilyser Technologies is a fine product. It is a strip impregnated with 12g of thymol. Add 1 strip on the top bars, 2 weeks later a second one. Treat when temps are below 90F. works pretty good. Price is reasonable.

    You can also add 2 tsp of thymol in the lid of a honey jar. You need a screen of sorts place on the lid to keep the bees from removing the thymol. You would also need an inner cover o there is sufficient room to place the thymol. the bees tend to want to propolize the screen to seal the thymol vapours.

    I have tried the former method and not the latter.

    Jean-Marc

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    Default Re: Thymol & mites

    Anybody use it in a fogger with FGMO, if so, how much?

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    Default Re: Thymol & mites

    Larry,

    My understanding is that Thymol is a “membrane disruptor”. To me this is like putting soap or salt on an open wound. Mites and insects have soft connective tissue around moving parts that are susceptible.

    There are some commercial applications on the market and some homemade applications too.

    Joe
    Breeder Queens & Honey Bee Nutritional Supplements
    www.latshawapiaries.com

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    Default Re: Thymol & mites

    I intend to use 1 drop Thymol per ounce of FGMO and see how it works.

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    Default Re: Thymol & mites

    Quote Originally Posted by jean-marc View Post
    Thymomite from Heilyser Technologies is a fine product. It is a strip impregnated with 12g of thymol. Add 1 strip on the top bars, 2 weeks later a second one. Treat when temps are below 90F. works pretty good. Price is reasonable.
    I will second that. Bees will tend to propolize it at times but when the conditions are right it's a pretty effective treatment. The big advantage thymol has over Formic is that you aren't "on the clock" before it quits working. Even after an extended period of cold weather, in which few mites are being killed, all it seems to take is a little warm weather to activate it again.
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