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Offline Gary and Margaret - kiwimana

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This week we bring you a great interview with Ashlee Robison who is a Senior Chemistry Major studying at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.  She is doing research into the use of Thymol in controlling Varroa Mites.

Researching a Thymol Treatment for Varroa Mites

Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • Why the existing methods of using Thymol are not efficient
  • What is the biggest parasite of the Honey Bees in North America
  • How do you attach a Thymol Molecule to a sugar Molecule.
  • How to feed Thymol to Bees
  • Nectar is a Glucose and Fructose Molecule connected together
  • Field trials are going to start next Spring in North America
  • Is it worth planting Thyme Plants near your Bee hives</li>

Have you ever used Thymol in your Beekeeping?  Did it work for you?

Gary

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Re: Researching a Thymol Treatment for Varroa Mites with Ashlee Robison
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2014, 06:29:33 pm »
I hear fogging with mineral oil works well

this makes the Varroa Mites too slippery to cling to the bee

anyone hear of this  method?

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Re: Researching a Thymol Treatment for Varroa Mites with Ashlee Robison
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 08:25:43 pm »
>anyone hear of this  method?

Yes.  Unless you add thymol to it, it requires weekly administrations from early spring until late fall to be effective at all.  Not a lot of knockdown power.  But no matter how much knockdown a treatment has it is only so effective when there is brood:

http://bushfarms.com/beesvarroatreatments.htm

I haven't treated for Varroa for more than a decade:
http://bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm
http://bushfarms.com/beesfoursimplesteps.htm

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Re: Researching a Thymol Treatment for Varroa Mites with Ashlee Robison
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 12:39:00 pm »
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Have you ever used Thymol in your Beekeeping?  Did it work for you?

when i need something, i use Apiguard.  When used according to instructions, it works well.  since i am a self proclaimed lazy beekeeper, i don't want it any more complicated that sticking a try of the stuff into the hive and walking away  :-)
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Re: Researching a Thymol Treatment for Varroa Mites with Ashlee Robison
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2014, 12:29:23 am »
I hear fogging with mineral oil works well

this makes the Varroa Mites too slippery to cling to the bee

anyone hear of this  method?

Yes have seen it been done, I haven't heard of anyone that has had success with it as the only treatment.
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