Do you use thymol with your FGMO? I've been reading all of the discussion about it with interest, and just wanted another opinion before I start my hives this year. Also, how often do you put a new paper towel in?
No, I don't use thymol, only the IPM methods discussed before. I put a new paper towel in if they have completely removed the previous one. The paper towels I use are cut to fit into a NEW baby diper wipe container (dry and never been used for anything), so they are each about half a paper towel in length.
How effective are these IPM techniques, Jay? What is you're usuall mite count in a sugar roll? I've been wanting to try something along IPM for a while and based on what I'm seeing in my colony, I really need to get in gear.
I don't do a sugar roll, I do a drop count and look for mites when I scratch the cappings off the frozen frame before giving it back to the hive. The most I've counted in a drop count is less than 5. I have yet to see any on the uncapping of the drone frames, although I'll admit I don't look very hard in the cells, if any come out on the uncapping fork, I'll look at them but I don't try to pull out every drone larvae to inspect it.