Re: Cost of treating Varroa mites?
To be more literal and fair - do also mention the cost of high quality personal protective equipment, highly recommended when using vaporizer.
Originally Posted by psm1212
As one of our local beekeepers stated (he is a professional chemist and handles chemicals for living):
Disclaimer: I'm not advocating this and believe your health is worth more than the $35-40 for a respirator, but some people are too cheap to buy one even though they'll drop $100 on a OA vaporizer.
In my own past life I worked in an industrial food plant cleaning crew - the routine was to spray around concentrated bleach/caustics/acids..
If you're a sane person, you'll buy a respirator.
Even with respirators required and usually used, I am pretty sure, I inhaled enough aggressive chems to damage my air ways some (maybe even more than I know).
This is one reason I am not dealing with any acids - I have done my time.
Enough of that nonsense and saving few bees is not worth it to me.
Those inhaled chems probably cost me some years of my life - to be found out yet, in time.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.