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Second Oxalic acid treatment to combat varroa mites

This is the second full hive treatment with oxalic acid to combat mites. Normally I would do a third but not sure - the mite levels are likely within acceptable levels now.  Bear in mind that I had rhubarb leaves in the hives already prior to two doses of acid and my smoker contains rhubarb leaves. The bees have been exposed to steady levels of oxalic. I'll evaluate next week. Thus far, the hives seem to be doing well with no immediately evident negative impacts of treatment to the hives.

Oxalic Acid vapor treatment

Successfully did an oxalic acid vapor treatment of both hives. This is best done when there is no brood or honey supers. I do have brood but I did it now as I missed the window of opportunity earlier. I will do another followup treatment in a week or so to catch other emerging brood. After that, I'll wait until just before winter when the queen isn't laying. No real issues or lessons learned, except maybe to have a real clock out there instead of a cell phone. Or a kitchen timer type of thing.

Insulated bee hive

Added foam panels insulation around beehive, keeping Vivaldi board ventilation open at the top. Have been noticing very little activity at the hive, which has been a bit concerning. Nights are getting cold and the hive is in shade most of the day now ... did see about ten bees flying about the opening yesterday during a short sunny period.

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