I just got off the phone w/ inventor of the cyclone, Maurice Arndt. I had a very interesting and lengthy conversation w/ him. He advises that testing was done, and it was compared to Checkmite. The study was funded by Bayer, the maker of checkmite, and concluded checkmite was better. Arndt sued over tortious product intervention and was succesful. Alleged data was 'messed" w/ and he prevailed in court received damages. His product is very expensive at $525 US. He is sending me the literature to read. He swears by this method. Thought I would add this info for public consumption.
KONASDAD; Several years ago when varroa and tracheal mites were just coming into our area no one knew what they were or how to treat them. Beekeepers were loosing as high as 80% of over winter bees. Then came Apistan, going to solve all problems, it didn't. I didn't want to use chemicals so elected to use essential oils.
Mr. Robert C. Knoel Cumberland Maryland did an experment THE "Hygienic Factor" and Essential Oils. A lot of very good information was obtained out of that study,
but to use essential oils and tracking systems was very time consuming. Also with oils weather was a factor to consider.
The last winter prior to purchasing my vaporizer from Mr. Arnts I lost a little over 50% of my bees, most beekeepers were loosing 70-100% I saw the ad for the vaporizer in the a.b.j. I called Mr. Arnts we talked about the amount of bees i lost,
he explained the way the vaporizer worked and pointed out to me the money i could save by not having to buy packages of bees every spring. Morey Arnts talked me into buying his vinegar vaporizer. Let me tell you I am very glad that i did.
I haven't purchased a package or nuc, since owning my vaporizer. In fact i sell nucs
and make splits for other beekeeper. This is the kind of research we need, Beekeepers shareing and careing because we have done it and it is successful.
Right Michael Bush? Charlie