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Can apiguard be used to treat a top bar hive?

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Can apiguard be used to treat a top bar hive? I used hopguard II last year but it comes in too big a package and it was too messy to want to use again.
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Some people have done it with mixed results.

Problem being the TBH design is not well suited to distribute the vapors properly. Usually a fair bit of empty space in the average TBH, plus the top bars being joined together is a major problem.

A non vapor treatment such as apivar strips, which can be hung between combs and spreads by bee to bee contact, is ideal for TBH's.
 

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I don't know much of treating the bees - disclaimer.

But IF a TBH has dual entrances at both ends, why not use some forced air movement (apply the med at one end - slowly suck the air from the other end - that should pull the vapor/gas through the entire long hive).
Say, you notice that med started exiting from the entrance where you pull the air out - this means that the med has filled the entire hive volume - you now can stop pulling.

I don't know of the workable implementation of this or even feasibility.
But the idea seem logical to me - assuming dual-entrance TBH OR an asymmetric entrance (then you can create a hole at the opposite end and do the same pull-through process).
 
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