This is how I spent my afternoon. It was the third of four mite treatments and of course, I made a video of it because, that's what I do
nice video, I find dipping in the water works on mine as well, as long as I don't get the glow plug wet, or allow water inside the plug cavity. Still takes way to long on 12 hives though, I just ordered the provap 110 from
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Yes it does take too long. I have 8 hives. I think if I had more I would have cut loose with the cash and gotten a vaporizer.
Johno's Easy vap is $165 and I've read it's faster than the Provap110.
I was wondering about that. Thanks.
I did the second of my 3 planned OAV treatments the other day
I have screen bottom boards so I blocked off the bottom with posterboard
Here's the mite fall 24 hours later, I'd say it was needed
It's high res so you can zoom in
EDIT: I added a picture already zoomed in
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Here is my one mite laden hive's bottom board after the second treatment. It is not high res but all the small black dots are mites.
I have done two additional treatments since then and the drops are finally starting to come down.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.
I did my third treatment spaced 7 days apart yesterday
another large mite fall this morning
I guess I'll do one more in another week, the bees don't really seem to mind it much
in the past I just did one treatment at New Years when the bees are hopefully broodless
this clearly seems to be worth the trouble
I like your idea of using pipe insulation to stuff the opening.