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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I have had a few very strong hives starve to death in 4 boxes full of bees in late summer here. They were so strong I ignored them and fed some weaker colonies and all of a sudden the strong hive...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    You know it is so easy to boast and brag about how great and wonderful your hives are especially not even treating or feeding, however you might be able to get away with that in your location but in...
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    Re: Fall Extraction Blues

    Unfortunately the demand for Easy Vaps made sure that I had not much time in the bee yards this spring and summer, so that setup awaits another day.
    Johno
  4. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Hey Nd OAV is like a swatter is to flies, you physically hurt them little mites.
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    The controller used is the Mypin TA4 RNR which is getting very difficult to find at reasonable prices The RNR part means there are 2 relay output one switching the band heater and the other is for...
  6. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    In my humble opinion, the more you treat with OAV the safer you are, I see no detrimental effects on bees so I think you could treat every 3 days for 6 months and if that does not wipe out your...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    Live Oak, you have a digital temperature display on both the Easy Vap and the Easy Vap Pro.
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    As a matter of interest the first time I saw this type of vaporizer being used it was the Sublimox way back , there were no others. At this time I was already trying to build band heater vaporizers...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    I wonder who the expert could be, I have treated my bees exclusively with OAV and have never seen any bee mortality except when I was using a pan type of vaporizer when I fried a few bees. I have...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    Hey guys if the unit is too cheap for you guys hell I could use all sorts of fancy stuff and get the cost closer to $500! I wonder how many takers I would have then. That cheap plastic box is...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    I am busy with my fall treatments at the moment which are as you have said 5 x 5 and then the broodless treatment in late November and I do another in December. Thats it until my honey comes off in...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    If you hold the device it is only as close as your arm allows, as far as safety instructions it is mentioned that you should use a mask of your choice if desired. Furthermore the Easy Vap is left...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    You can purchase a 500 watt inverter that you can clip onto your trucks battery and then use what ever length of extension cord you need to reach your hives. 500 watt inverters are available from...
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    Re: Easy OA treatments?

    I built some shims with a cut plastic queen excluder built into it with an open entrance, sort of like an Imrie shim. I then have 1/4" boards that I can slide over the excluder which would allow me...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    I have some of them growing around my area and have never seen a honey bee pay any attention although they are worked by bumbles, apparently good for the Bob White population.
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    Re: Failed OAV treatments?

    You will not likely get a good mites count 3 days after a single mite treatment with OAV as you can only kill phoretic mites and 80% of your mites are still in the brood and are emerging day by day. ...
  17. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    Hey remember this is the USA the land of the free and the home of most of the lawyers in the world. I dont think anyone can sue me for saying that
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    Re: Need help on brood above queen excluder

    Look in the lower boxes for brood, you may have had a supercedure and the young queen might have come into the hive above the queen excluder so it is possible to have a queen above and below which...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    I am wondering that in a heavily infested hive you could have quite a number of those mites feeding under the belly scales of bees and are perhaps not affected by the OAV as they are protected by...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    MSL if you use a thermocouple that is used with a multi meter, the end is just some small wires twisted and fused together, this can be inserted between the bottom of the bowl and a stainless steel...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    When you take the used cap to refill just take your loading spoon and wind it around on the inside of the cap to remove any of the condensed OA from the inside edges of the cap then refill the cap as...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    I have a friend who has just started using OAV for mite control, did mite checks before starting a regimen of 5 treatments 5 days apart. Most of his hives showed low mite infestation but one had...
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    Re: Another battle for the bees....

    I have farmers all around me using neonics, however the only losses I have had were some hives close to a neighbor using the insecticide Sevin available in any hardware store, in his vegetable garden.
  24. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    One would think that if a significant amount of OA was floating around for some time you would think it would not be necessary to treat with OAV so often as we do. If the bees cart all the crystals...
  25. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    As I have been using OAV for about 6 years now you can tell how concerned I am about the regulators and as far as I am concerned if they can keep their bees any better than I can I will still take no...
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