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    Question oil of wintergreen

    Hi 'All'-what knowledge do you have about oil of wintergreen & its uses

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Wintergreen will work as a miticide. Take card board and cut it up into 8 inch by two inch strips. Soak those strip in the wintergreen oil. Place one strip in the middle of the colony, hanging down between the frames. The bees will chew the cardboard up and remove it. Thus in the process will get the wintergreen oil all over themselves and their hive. TED

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Hi Ted, can it be added to feed?, & what effect does it have. Robby

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    I don't see why it could not be added to food. The smell will still transfer to the bees during the eating....I like the soaked cardboard idea, though.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    thought about trying it with spearmint & lemon grass oil in the feed, but what effect does it have i.e what are the benefits?

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    You can add it to feed. But the cardboard strip works well. Bees will go into overdrive broodrearing after treatment. It does cause a break in brood rearing just like thymol, so do not be surprised. This was one of the first essential oils I tried 18 years ago. Even got invited to the Mississippi state beekeeper meeting to give a talk on it. They all thought I was "nuts" for using it. Times change as years pass!! It is now just one soft chem in an arsonal of chems we rotate out with using Intergrated pest management. TED

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    You can also add wintergreen to sugar/grease patties for varroa and tracheal mites as well as in the feed. Don't use any of the essential oils in the hive if you have honey supers on.

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    dm, thanks for telling him that it should not be applied when honey supers are on. TED

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Many essential oils are toxic to some degree to most parasitic creatures such as mites, ticks, fleas, etc... red thyme oil and oil of oregano are among the most toxic, while hops oil, wintergreen oil, and spearment oil are less harsh on varroa, yet had stronger results against t-mites...

    There are some oils that you need to stay clear of all together... remember that the use of these oils is to remove parasitic creatures from the colonies of insects, so the dosage and types of oils need to be considered carefully as over doing it or using the wrong stuff can lead to killing the bees as well... sesame oil is the biggest "no no"... although small amounts do not cause too much of an issue to a strong colony, the effects coupled with other issues such as pms or dwv can bring a colony down quickly... so stick closely to recipes and procedures that many others have already tested so that you do not run into troubles...

    Lemongrass oil has a drawing effect on bees and is used often as a swarm lure as well as added to feeds in order to get the bees to take to it more readily, especially if other oils such as mints are added to the feeds... be sure that it is lemongrass oil, not lemon oil, as there is a huge difference and the later can cause serious shutdown of brood rearing...

    When using oils as mite treatments, the idea is to add it to feed or strips in early spring while brood rearing is just beginning and again in the fall when brood rearing is nearing a halt... the intention with the feed is to get the bees to consume it and then use it to feed young larvae... thus putting the miticide directly in the cells that the mites would try to enter... in early spring this would rid the hive of mites as it builds up and all of it should be consumed by the bees before the flow begins... then in fall, the bees will again use it to feed larvae killing any mites that have built up within the colonies during the season, with winter stopping the transfer of mites as the bees cluster instead of foraging and drifting...

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    all of this information is much appreciated, has there not been a thread devoted to all info on essential oils?

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Thanks rrussell for the great information!

    Quote Originally Posted by rmar1205 View Post
    all of this information is much appreciated, has there not been a thread devoted to all info on essential oils?
    Everything I know about essential oils started on this site - then on to a little more research. Yes, there are other threads about oils along with some recipes for HBH and grease patties w/ and w/o wintergreen.
    Have fun searching the site - it contains some great information - or at least will lead you in a direction to find out more
    BTW Essential oils aren't just harmful to pests and bees, humans can have very adverse reactions to handling them as well, so be very careful.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Is the Oil of Wintergreen temperature dependent? And I'm primarily talking about in strip form....
    Last edited by wdcrkapry205; 06-29-2011 at 10:43 PM. Reason: Clarification

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    I was researching the wintergeen oil a little bit and it turned out that it is toxic to humans. 10mg, a very small amount, on the skin can kill you. You must wear protective gloves when handling this stuff.
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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    b---dy hell, thanks for the warning, much appreciated

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Thanks I've used paper towel pads before (mixed the EO with mineral oil) but the cardboard strips sound handy. I've also fed EO and had good luck (it really was luck) but I didn't know the difference between the effects of feeding and contact methods. I should be able to act more effectively now. You guys are priceless.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    So Sorry everyone,- Katherina, I forgot to mention I was using chemical gloves when working with the card board strips. Jeepers, I could have gotten somebody killed. I just assumed that everyone knows to use chem gloves when handling potential hazardous materials. TED

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Undiluted?
    Take a piece of paper towel the size of a match head. Just touch the wintergreen oil to get it moist. Put that in a, I used a 4 oz plastic pill container, and put a bee in it. Put the cap on it and watch. Wintergreen was food grade.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    I seem to recall that oil of spearmint is also used in bee-work. Is it as a miticide, or to gentle the bees? I ask 'cause my spearmint is growing very well and I don't know how to make chewing gum.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Ted,
    I think you have hit a nail. I get the impression that many people do not realize that EOs, at least many of them, are "INSECTICIDES" and are not treated as such. I remember when I read the sheet on wintergreen and got to the "insecticidal" properties, lethal doses, there was a big "holy Cow" look on my face. Just an observation.

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    Default Re: oil of wintergreen

    Hi Ted,
    Could tea tree oil be used in the same respect and if so what would be the proper application?

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