I’m looking at treatments for varroa and would like to get feedback on heat treatment for varroa. Fully understand the existing treatments, but for discussion would like to focus on heat treatment and it’s effectiveness - and not whether people agree to it or not.
For those unfamiliar, this involves heating the hive up to a temperature for a period of time to eliminate the majority of mites.
I have a couple of questions:
Firstly, if anyone has these products above could anyone share their experience - the good, bad and how you think it could be improved. I can’t find many reviews of any of the products.
From a design perspective, is it simply a hot board/plate at the bottom of the hive with a temperature sensor which heats up the hive (which I assume is closed to keep bees in) for a set period of time?
In your view, would it be possible just to create a DIY version or is there some unique mechanism which stops the product from ‘cooking’ the bees!
Any other input or experience people can share would be welcome.