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Offline Lau

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Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« on: June 10, 2021, 03:50:57 pm »
A friend is inquiring about this treatment, and was wondering if the sponges would need to be set on the lower 10-frame deep or the top 10-frame deeps or both to treat his itchy mite problem...

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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2021, 10:29:19 am »
Welcome to Beemaster.
I don?t use sponges to put Oxalic acid in my hives so no help here.
Maybe someone else can help.
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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2021, 04:34:09 pm »
Randy Oliver over at scientific beekeeping has some information on using shop towels, pads or small sponges for oxalic acid treatment. Here's a link. It hasn't been approved yet but the shop towel method looks promising.

http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-shop-towel-updates/ 

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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2021, 09:18:53 am »
  " It hasn't been approved yet but the shop towel method looks promising"
 For some reason the shop towel method has not performed well in 3 tests in high humidity  states, NC, Ga, and Fl.
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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2021, 02:37:47 pm »
Rast, Thanks for the update about high humidity. I would think a sponge would have the same problems in a humid environment.

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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2021, 11:10:21 pm »
So, I read the scientific beekeeping articles. I guess, when you say its not approved? does that mean that it cant be used by commercial beekeepers only, or hobbyists as well?

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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2021, 11:14:00 pm »
Hi Lau, has your friend considered using Oxalic Vapor instead of  Oxalic sponge treatment?
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Re: Oxalic Acid "Sponge" treatment for 10 frame double deeps
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 09:56:23 am »
"So, I read the scientific beekeeping articles. I guess, when you say its not approved? does that mean that it cant be used by commercial beekeepers only, or hobbyists as well?"  The sponge method of delivery hasn't had enough fields trials done to show whether it's effective for mite control without adverse effects on the hive. It's a use it at your own risk situation without a defined dosage that's been backed up by research.