« Last post by OldMech on May 28, 2016, 01:37:50 AM »
ALL natural cell hives with "supposed" resistant queens from multiple sources had a MUCH higher number of mites to the hives I had 18 miles from them. Believing that they MIGHT be able to kick in resistance, I left those hives alone. The wax moth sure appreciated that. I have tried three times.. 7 hives, 12 hives and 9 hives... The fourth test is underway with different bees. Only four hives as I am beginning to lose hope. As of last week, the mite levels are 6.6 times as high as the level of the mites in my home and other yards that get treated.. I keep hoping that small cell natural cell thing will work when combined with resistant bees, and I keep losing hives.. I WILL keep trying as long as I can find different strains of "resistant" bees to try, but the hope is beginning to fade.
The commercial OA Vaporizor pictured is being used in several large apiaries that i know of, and one package production apiary that i know of.. Walk up, blow the vapor in, move to the next hive. The price of it is still a bit high for my liking.. I built a cart, with a gas motor, a one wire GM Alternator and a deep cycle battery, and run two vaporizors.. Works out at just about the right amount of time so that i can roll along pretty smoothly.. My palleted hives were built with the correct sized opening JUST to fit the vaporizor.. At this point, the cost of OA and ease of use is a blessing.. Having bees that would survive would be a bigger blessing... Takes a long day to treat all the hives this way.