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So Im wondering, is it even worth it anymore to dip boxes with the high price of paint thinner. At $7.50 gal it gets pretty pricey mixing up a batch of treatment just wondering if peeps have done away with using the stuff.
 

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use the search function there have been several lengthy discussions on CN recently. it is still used by many
 

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some research is coming out that it my cause memory loss in the bees. delplane and his staff at UGA are doing research on it right now. look forward to seeing the results
 
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Here is a link to the pesticides database on Copper naphthenate.
Maybe this will also help with your decision on using this to preserve your hive. http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC35068

I also found this.
If your hives are made of timber, the boxes, lids & bottom boards should be thoroughly painted and aired before you put bees in the hives. The recommended technique is to use 3% to 5% copper napthanate as per directions as a wood preservative, then primer, under coat and two top coats. The copper napthanate needs several weeks to dry before you paint over it, so give your self plenty of time to prepare the boxes. The winter is a good time to do this.
http://www.beekeepers.asn.au/html/AdviceToNewBeekeepers.htm

Less stress and happy bees = healthy bees = more honey and just might = more money.
 
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