Mites are a real problem these days, and many beekeepers are looking for the best way to battle those bugs. This Vaporizer Kit comes with everything you need to vaporize your hive to treat for Varroa mites. No need to keep purchasing products every year, and don't even worry about opening up your hive. Simply follow the included instructions and you'll be on your way to a healthier hive in no time. This kit includes our Oxalic Acid Vaporizer, a supply of Oxalic Acid, and protective Nitrile Gloves.
Oxalic acid is a naturally-occurring acid found in many foods such as chocolate, beets, spinach, and peanuts. It gives such food a slightly bitter taste (think: dark chocolate). Oxalic acid also naturally occurs in hives, so, if used as directed, it will not harm your bees!This vaporizer connects to any 12-volt battery and heats up the oxalic acid within the Vaporizer's aluminum cup. The oxalic acid reaches such a high temperature that it transforms into a gas and fills the hive. The acid kills mites by seeping into their blood stream through the pads on their feet.
The best time to treat is when your hive has no brood, because oxalic acid kills mites that are not in capped cells. However, treating in late August and early September can be helpful as the mites' breeding rate increases during those times.