Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?
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  1. #1
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    Default Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    OK... so I watched a bunch of YouTube videos, talked to folks in our local bee club, and have read plenty here about using oxalic acid vaporizer.

    Virtually all say the same: 2:30 minutes with vaporizer connected to battery, unplug for 2 minutes, then remove vaporizer and proceed to next hive.

    The instructions that came with the vaporizer say to leave hive 'plugged up' with foam pieces (or similar) for an additional 10 minutes.

    I read most of the instructions, but not that part... until after I'd completed for the day.

    Is that extra 10 minutes critical?

    Thanks for any help!
    Since '14, working on Bee.S. degree.... :) Lots to learn!

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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    Yes, the way to do it is to leave it sealed up for 10 minutes. Is it critical? Don't know but people who are promoting and selling the product undoubtedly did lots of tests and they thought it was important. I am sure you will still get a good kill, maybe just not as much. Just do it according to instructions next time. I assume you are doing a series...J

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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    It is the vaporized (actually sublimated) crystals that kill the mites. Allowing them to escape defeats the purpose and limits the kill. So yes, it is important to keep them sealed in until they settle in the hive.
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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    Ya, I would call that treatment a bust. Just schedule an extra one to be sure.
    Rod

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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fivej View Post
    ... people who are promoting and selling the product undoubtedly did lots of tests and they thought it was important...
    HA! Yep... this post was me hoping the instructions were a bit like expiration dates on food, and the "E" on my gas tank... useful but not entirely accurate...
    I'll find some foam pieces for pluggin' up next treatment.

    Thanks all!
    Since '14, working on Bee.S. degree.... :) Lots to learn!

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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    Waste of time to treat if you don't leave hive closed up.
    Beeman
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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    I cut some jean legs up and soaked them in a bucket of water this year. Works very well for blocking the hive entrance off.
    Rod

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    Default Re: Vaporizer Instructions "by the book"?

    cleaned out my closet of old t shirts and they work well for blocking hive entrance

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