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  1. #61
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    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
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    Default Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    OK thanks. Always interested in freebies LOL.

    Vinegar in the feed, doubt that would affect mites at all, it's really just making the PH more tolerable for the bees plus helping with inversion. Creosote bush, don't think we have here, juniper we do but to be honest doubt it would be much benefit.

    Spearmint is debatable but in any case it has to be paid for so if paying I'd rather pay for something reputed to be more effective.

    Anyhow thanks for the full reply, just I'm always on the lookout for new ideas especially free ones LOL.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  2. #62
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    Otero County, New Mexico, USA
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    Default Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    Yeah, the vinegar is for PH. I try to make it like honey - mostly just a guess. You can buy spearmint or distill it yourself if your are really serious. Same with vinegar. The spearmint mostly just floats on the syrup, so again, is debateble. The creosote bush is an old Mexican folk remedy, and said to kill parasites and mites. I probably don't do it enough to really be able to tell. You are supposed to smoke the heck out of them over the course of a few weeks, but all I do is mix it with my smoker fuel and not worry about it. Not sure why mine live and other beek's die? Have no answer other than their 1/2 wild genetics for the most part. I should know soon enough, my bees are part of a study being conducted in my region. On one hand I want to know, and on the other I don't really want to know. I have lost colonies of purely domestic bees to mites where my others cannot be killed it would seem. Side by side you can't tell much difference in the two.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

  3. #63

    Default Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul McCarty View Post
    I should know soon enough, my bees are part of a study being conducted in my region.
    What are they studying...or would they rather you not say? How long before results?
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

  4. #64
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    Default Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    Not sure really, but has to do with feral survivors, mites, etc. Do not know many specifics, just providing samples to them.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

  5. #65

    Default Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    I know that there is considerable interest in the possibility of less virulent mites following Tom Seeley's observations.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

  6. #66
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    Bayfield, Colorado, USA
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    Default Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    Thank you for sharing your success. It is very encouraging to know that it happens, especially when there are so many people who are loosing hives.
    "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." year 3, 12 langs and 2 top bars
    www.4cornersbeekeepers.com

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