Verroa Mite treatment with OA
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  1. #1
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    Default Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    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

    https://youtu.be/czxU1SDOEOU
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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    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
    Blueskybeesupply.com Only 3 left at $449

    https://www.blueskybeesupply.com/pro...aporizer-pvov/
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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    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.
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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    Johno's Easy vap is $165 and I've read it's faster than the Provap110.

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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmon View Post
    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.
    You do not have to cool it near that much! A few splashes till it quits sizzling but still quite quickly self drys will make it cool enough that a new dose of OA will not start to fume off. Probably around 200 F. Once you power it up the following boil off will take only half the time to complete.
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    I was wondering about that. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    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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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    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.

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    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.

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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    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

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    Default Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    I like your idea of using pipe insulation to stuff the opening.

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