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    Default Essentail oils

    I want to add lemon grass, spearmint & tea tree oil to 7.5 litres (7.9US quarts) of sugar syrup for my 3 hives. How much of each oil do I use for this? I don't want to overdose on oils but want it to be effective for varroa treatment also. I have heard that tea tree oil in sugar syrup is helpful in reducing varroa numbers.

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    Default Re: Essentail oils

    You need to post this in the general "bee forum". This is the treatment free forum and that would be (as you said yourself) a treatment. The downside of essential oils, besides disrupting the way the hive communicates, which is by smell, is that it will kill off the beneficial microbes in the gut of the bees which is what protects them from Nosema, AFB, EFB and chalkbrood.

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    Default Re: Essentail oils

    Michael, I have read posts by you concerning e.o's I don't see them on your page. would you post the best link to your position on E.O's thx.
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    Default Re: Essentail oils

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    You need to post this in the general "bee forum". This is the treatment free forum and that would be (as you said yourself) a treatment. The downside of essential oils, besides disrupting the way the hive communicates, which is by smell, is that it will kill off the beneficial microbes in the gut of the bees which is what protects them from Nosema, AFB, EFB and chalkbrood.

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    Sorry I thought that essential oils was treatment free. Now that you mention it , I guess not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelleyanne View Post
    Sorry I thought that essential oils was treatment free. Now that you mention it , I guess not.
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    Default Re: Essentail oils

    Thanks Michael. that was it.
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    Default Re: Essentail oils

    I believe this is the "Diseases and Pests (identifying and treating diseased and pests)" forum,,

    "Treatment-Free Beekeeping" is another forum...

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    >I believe this is the "Diseases and Pests (identifying and treating diseased and pests)" forum

    It got moved.
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