Re: Why not use Oxalic Acid?
Then we could go into the distinction of a disinfecting, sanitizing and sterilizing. They are not the same thing. So you claim that OA at the concentrations is it applied to the hive Disinfects. Does it? And if it does what does that mean. Because it is not what most people would think. you do not remove or necessarily even kill organisms with disinfectant. Infection is caused by the transferring of an organism. say a virus from one person to another. or one animal to another. disinfecting simply removes this ability of transference.
You then bring up the issue of strength. Strength in comparison to what as well as strength resulting in what. Let's think about OA in comparison to something like Bleach. now bleach sanitizes. Sanitizing is the killing of the microbes.
Finally is the issue of does it matter. Again a sick hive indicates the wrong micro flora already exists. destruction of it is in fact desired. The imbalanced micro flora is as likely a result of the wood you used to make the hive as it is the application of any treatment. It is more likely to be a result of the chemicals the bees introduce to the hive via foraging than anything else. OA is in fact added to the hive by the bees themselves. so how do you know that using OA as a treatment is not putting the hive back in balance? That the bees get healthier would be an evidence that it does.
In all it comes down to this. it is an argument that says. don't kill the mites that we know will kill your bees. Because it might cause harm to other organisms. but we cannot even be sure those other organisms even matter. and of course the health of the hive indicates they could very will be harmful. What I care about is killing the mites killing my bees. and I do not complicate it much beyond that. if I find a treatment causes a poor reaction in my bees. I will then seriously consider the use of it. but I find the health of my bees improves after treatment. I do not need to investigate what is not happening. This thinking appears more to me like paranoia. Oh my your bees are better. you might be doing very bad things.
Okay I agree it may be doing bad things. but my bad thing is far better than the mites. The bees can live with my damage.
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