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  Friday, 07 January 2022
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I have thought about doing the oxalic acid drench treatment for a while, but one thing I had wondered about was using a syringe to squirt on the drench as that seemed like a very "fiddly" process to me. So when I was at Premier1 buying a new fence charger and saw a discounted auto syringe/drencher (something I know from growing up on a sheep farm) I decided to buy it. It sat on the shelf for a few years till this Fall when I got my act together to actually get the bees drenched before the snow flew. I followed betterbee's OA drench directions ( https://www.betterbee.com/instructions-and-resources/how-to-do-an-oxalic-acid-dribble-treatment.asp ) to make the OA solution and for guidance on how much to apply per seam. I then loaded the solution into a bottle, connected the feed tube to the bottle. The auto inoculator feeding tube went into the bottle and when in the bee yard I could use the inoculator to squirt on set-volumes (5 ml in this case) of solution per seam easily, reliably, and with just one hand (if I could get the bottle snugly positioned before hand). While possibly not worth the investment of $40 for a beekeeper with just a few hives, a beekeeper with a dozen hives might like having a slick way to apply the OA drench quickly and efficiently to their hives.

Here is a link to the Premier1 auto inoculator I used. Its a 12.5ml model (it can dose up to 12.5ml), they also have a 6ml model which would also work. I might go back sometime and order the backpack just to make the process even easier.

Other places offer auto inoculators that would work just as well. Also, I bought a small section of flexible plastic tubing to use as the applicator, I got a size that slid right into the end and it would fine. I figured the flexible tubing could get into a seam if I had to.
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