Please disregard the pictures on the post below. I do not currently have a full pound of menthol on top of my bee hive. "Sigh."
Before putting it on yesterday afternoon, I read the packaging carefully. It stated that the net weight was 1.8 ounces and that a whole package was a dose. Then, overnight, I got to thinking about what I had paid for this package of menthol, and this morning I dug out the shipping order. The invoice stated that I had purchased a pound bag. After digging the package back out of the trash, I again read 1.8 ounce, net weight.
Freaked, I went out and scooped most of the menthol off the screen and then called Brushy Mountain, the supply company, to inquire. The very helpful woman explained that a 1.8 treatment would be a couple of tablespoons, and that I indeed had a pound bag.
Poor bees. No wonder they hummed in irritation. It made my eyes water a bit when I took it off the hive.
So...further research on the internet indicated that the menthol should go in a mesh bag above the brood nest and below their honey supply. That, for the moment, cannot be helped.
The surplus menthol is going in a package in the fridge for the moment. I'm going to make my own bags out of screen, I think, rather than pay for shipping. I'll work on that later.
Jimmy cricket, I feel terrible about dumping all that menthol on the hive. That's where reading directions will sometimes take you. Too bad the common sense took a few hours to kick in.
Forgive me, bees. I was just trying to help.