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« on: October 04, 2004, 03:01:22 PM »

Does anybody check for mites by doing the ether roll in a jar? I did one this weekend and found one mite on about 20 bees. I know I am supposed to test more bees than that, but I had trouble getting them to stay in the dang jar Smiley . Well, one mite on 20 bees doesn't seem like too heavy of an infestation, so I think I will forego any treatment this fall. I may do another roll in a week or two to see if I get similar results.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2004, 05:34:33 PM »

You need to test with more bees. About 1/2 pint. To get them make yourself a paper funnel. Shake bees into the funnel from a frame. You should get more than you need this way - just let the excess esacpe.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2005, 09:51:06 PM »

im going to try this out come spring, but i think ill use icing sugar instead. in not totaly shure what ether is... isnt it a gas or something to that efect?
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2005, 07:30:29 AM »

ether is a liquid, a VERY flammable, Much more than gasoline.
And it can be hard to get as it can be used in processing drugs.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2005, 07:31:06 AM »

Did I say very flammable?
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2005, 06:34:15 PM »

o.k, so i guess it should be kept away from the smoker shocked  
so it kinda sounds like icing sugar would be better, im just thinking of the poor bee's in the jar. sounds like they would have a better chance of survival after the prosses. has anyone tried both ways? do you get the same results with ether as you would with icing sugar?
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2005, 11:29:02 AM »

Starter fluid used for diesel engines,  get it at your local auto parts store.  Though I would suggest a less dangerous method, there are plenty of them out there.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2005, 03:28:16 PM »

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Starter fluid used for diesel engines,  get it at your local auto parts store.  Though I would suggest a less dangerous method, there are plenty of them out there.


Ether starter fluid in a spray can is easy. Ether Roll
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2005, 12:12:35 PM »

The only problem with the ether roll method: it kills all bees in the jar immediately  Sad
i switched to confection sugar roll. Bees love me for it now wink
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