September 2014 - Fear NO Honey Bee

Information about Oxalic Acid Vaporizers

I’ve had several contact me about using Oxalic Acid vaporizer. I’ve been reading all sorts of research about it. I’ll post external links below, but here is short summary: Oxalic acid is considered organic, as it is found naturally in various vegetables (spinach, rhubarb In EU it has been under deep study and they have been using it since 2003 (11 years now in my opinion is a good study time of it’s effects) Oxalic can already be found in the hive.  Studies have shown that using it to vaporize did not increase the before and after ppm of oxalic acid There are 2 methods of applying OA (oxalic acid) Drizzle – There needs to be no capped brood, and no nectar flow.  High concentrations can kill bee’s Vaporize – Does not harm bee’s, brood, larvae, queen, honey or wax.  I have yet to find anyone with information that there are downsides.  Yes you can burn a couple of bee’s if they touch the heating tray/element   Resources: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-heat-vaporization-and-other-methods-part-2-of-2-parts/ http://www.honeybeeworld.com/diary/articles/cor.htm http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/oxalicthorne.html http://bickerstaffs-queens.blogspot.com/2008/08/oxalic-acid-vaporizer-oxalic-acid.html FearNoBee will be offering OA treatments to the small apiary, contact us today if you would like to talk more.  We will also be selling vaporizers at some point in the near future, contact us if you would like to order one....

Don Fat Bee Man and I doing Oxalic Acid treatment

I was back down in GA working with Don the “Fat Bee Man”. We did vaporized Oxalic acid treatments to the hives. It is easy to do maybe 5 minutes total per hive. Oxalic acid research. I had not done much research into oxalic acid before. But doing lot’s of reading it is a naturally occurring element found in spinach, rubarb plants and can already be found in the hive. Oxalic acid is not legally approved for mite control in the U.S. The author does not promote its use as such in any unapproved manner. But the EU has approved this and has been doing it for many years without harmful affects....

We still have honey bee queen for sale

We still have honey bee queens for sale. We are local to Indianapolis, Indiana if you would like to pick them up. Otherwise we can ship them to you. Many people prefer to re-queen their hives in the late summer/ early fall time. Whether it is due to genetics, or a struggling weak hive. Because of this we continuously have queen’s being hatched and mated. There are also articles that state a queen raised after the summer equinox, that the following year the queen will still be considered a year old queen. This gives you the ability of producing your fall/winter bee’s and still have a good strong laying queen for the following year(s). But we will be slowing down soon, when the hives start kicking out drone’s due to lack of resources. Some beekeepers (even south of us) are already seeing their hives kicking the boy’s to the curb. However, we are still doing fine, and still have plenty of drone’s for proper mating. We will probably have one more batch of queens available until about mid September, after that it is all dependent on the weather. When you buy a queen from us, they are laying queens (not virgin) and we check that prior to putting her in a cage. Our queens are raised natural queen cell’s by the bee’s themselves. Studies have shown this produces a better queen than what a person could ever graft. We will put 6-8 attendants in with her (seven are required for USPS shipping insurance). Queens cost $35.00 ea, shipping extra....