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.
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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