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Greetings all. I have had private questions which is fine if you prefer to keep your questions private but I think it would be good to have a place for all to post questions or comments so others can gain from them.
 

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Other than the OAV tool you will need a mask to breath through while performing the treatment and oxalic acid. I use a respirator with cartridges that filter organic vapor (N100, R100, or P100 filter). I use this because it was purchased for formic acid applications and I had it. I have read that any filter that will filter particles is sufficient but have not tried to prove it. Protect your lungs, new ones are hard to come by. As far as the oxalic acid, purchase the purest you can find. I provide the paper that is the lable for applying oxalic acid to honey bees as a mitacide.
 
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Randy Oliver recently posted a video on YouTube
2021 Varroa Management by Randy Oliver


well worth your viewing time. I agree that oxalic acid is the best treatment for your bees health and that formic treatments, though easier cause more damage to the colony. I can see why the time required to do the OAV treatments correctly would be too time consuming for a commercial bee keeper because it is multiple applications but as someone who is at a hobby level of 20 hives I think it is the best way to go.
 
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Am I the first to leave a review here? Well here goes...
Bruce, just wanted to let you know, I'm in the middle of my late summer OAV regime, and it is SO FREAKIN EASY AND QUICK. I have drilled a small hole in the top rear of my bottom boards and whittled a small twig to plug. In the time it takes me to measure a dose of OA, put it in the stopper, and pull the twig out of its hole, the last hive to be treated is finished, it's that quick. Takes approximately 1 minute or less. I can also see every gap in the hive as the OA sublimates so quickly it fills the whole hive and forces the vapor out any gap there may be anywhere in the hive. I have told my beekeeping pals at work about this and how impressed I am. There is no comparison between this and my glow plug vaporizer, 30 seconds vs 3 minutes. You're building a great product at a great price, the vaporizer was money well spent. Thanks Scot Harris
 

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Thank you Scott, I appreciate the feedback. I am very happy with how these units work. 95 seconds after you plug it in it has reached operating temperature and you are ready to begin treatments. After the initial cost of the unit each treatment is pennies (depending on the amount of OA you purchase and who you purchase it from. My treatments are less than 5 cents each.
 

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I will leave another review - also supremely positive.

I built mine a month or two back, and then starting treating about 3 weeks ago. I only have 5 hives right now, but the treatment is super easy.
I followed the guide pretty much word-for-word and appreciate the thorough walkthrough!
A couple of things that I have done/used which may be beneficial:
 

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Did I reply? Unfortunately the Beesource screenname doesn't help me tie you to an email. Just want to make sure your email was answered and not lost in spam.
 

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Did I reply? Unfortunately the Beesource screenname doesn't help me tie you to an email. Just want to make sure your email was answered and not lost in spam.
No, I have not received a reply to my emails or Facebook message. Unfortunately, I am new here so I cannot PM you.
 
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