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I am really watching this guy from Crimea (former Ukraine now) because he runs small-format vertical hives.
That is my interest in his operation.

But wanted to share..
He has been experimenting successfully with artemisia oils to kill his mites.
Very efficient BUT requires some proper dosage, I understand.
Here he was doing a demo (there several of these, I understand).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBj3wPxudzE

I don't know the details.
Those interested should research.
For sure, another natural and working preparation if you choose to treat.
 

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Unfortunately the video did not show him doing it and I could not understand the guy.

Could you explain the method Greg?

Checked out local supply of Artemisia Oil and it runs about US$10 per fluid ounce. So i hope a little goes a long way :shhhh:
 

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Here is how he does it - watch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYKlZv9CE58&t=296s

Post-treatment behavior.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DweZMZpsPwY

Some old strips from former applications reused.
He says one strip is enough (2 strip is too much).
Soak the strip; let it air a bit.

He says this is just his annual treatment from anything, including mites.
I suspect he only treats the units with large visible mite population (he does not measure anything - if he sees a mite/mite evidence - that is "visible mite population" to him).

Bees will be irritated and all forager bees will get outside - away from the oil.
Old/sick bees will just die off.
You don't want this stuff to touch your queen - I guess. Some risk there (but if the unit is to die anyway - the risk is then justified).
:)

The timing of this is - late summer/fall - the latest treatment is when most all brood has been hatched (to get the phoretic mite).

There is another preparation - KAS-81 - based on the oils of evergreens AND artemisia - freely available on market or as a DYI:
https://ufabee.ru/kas81/kas81.html

How to make it at home:
http://www.portalteplic.ru/pchelovodstvo/kas-81/
 

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He comments in the "comments":

The main thing is to carry out the most important treatment when all brood is (mostly) out.
Basically - auto-translate the comments and try to figure them out.
:)
There are lots of useful details embedded in the post-video discussion.
 

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I worked apis cerana in the mountains of Nepal. The locals there would put a sprig of artimesia plant in the hives after pinching the queens.Broodless/treatment. the bees did not like it. mites were repeled and some died.
We had discussed using the oil for a treatment , but never had time to make te essential oil from the plants.They grow wild there.
Nick
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Interesting, but this season I specifically harvested a big pile artemisia at the bloom time (since I have access to it).
Used dry artemissia as a scaffolding fillers in my nuc feaders.
I need to have scaffolding for the bees anyway to get to the feed - used dry artemisia to stuff my coffee bag feeders (mostly for its supposed anti-diarrhea properties)..
 
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