For Tracheal Mites in Honey
New rolls set into mixture
A roll stacked for draining.
Finished rolls in bags on left.
We made up blue shop towels this morning, and here are
some useful numbers.
We used 10 kg (10,000 g or 22 lbs) of Crisco and 10
kg (10,000 g or 22 lbs) of menthol crystals in a batch. Menthol comes in
a 25 kg cardboard drum, Crisco comes in a 20 kg box.
Everything fits into one standard washtub which we heated
with a torch. to melt the Crisco (vegetable shortening). To avoid
evaporating the menthol, we used little
or no additional heat after melting the grease.
When we then added the menthol, we stirred until it was
We made 29 one third sized rolls of treatment. Each
roll has 55 sheets.
That means that we made 29 x 55 = 1,595 sheets using
10,000 grams of menthol
That calculates out to be 10,000 / 1,595 = 6.26 grams of
menthol per treatment.
That is a lot less than some people think necessary, but it
has worked well for us.
Here are some more numbers:
Each treatment roll is 1/3 of a towel roll.
Each 1/3 roll weighed 3.5 oz (99g) before soaking
Each 1/3 roll weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces (823g) after
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Disclaimer: This method seems to work for
us, but we can't guarantee that it works for anyone else.