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    Re: queen right or queenless package

    Just to clarify: Only the queen can lay worker brood. Laying workers can only lay drone brood. So if you started with packages (not nucs) and you have worker brood in each colony, you must have...
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    Re: Screen board/beetle trap issue

    I build my own version of these and the one time I had an issue was because I did not place the staples close enough together and the bees were wiggling through between the staples. I restapled the...
  3. Re: using a Oxalic Acid Vaporizer for prevention

    Just because you don't see mites does not mean you don't have them. Do a sugar shake or alcohol roll plus check some drone brood. That will give you a much better idea of whether or not you have a...
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    Re: New Beekeepers - Need advice

    Hokay. Sounds like frames with foundation installed. For bees to draw these out properly, there needs to be the correct number of frames in the box (either 8 or 10 depending on the width of the...
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    Re: Input on expansion

    I kept my hives in an organic grove and this worked nicely. However, most growers are not organic and do a LOT of spraying throughout the year, so you need other locations available to move to plus...
  6. Re: VSH behavior against small hive beatle?

    Count your blessings!!!

    Rusty
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    Re: Input on expansion

    Do you have a place to put them in Florida, or is this a I'll-find-it-when-I-get-there kind of move? I am not in Florida anymore but when I did live there, there was already a good bit of pressure...
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    Re: Varroa Mite Control Methods

    (Bolding is mine.) Many folks on here report using multiple OAV treatments with no harm to the colony. Also I have used OA as a dribble and did not find any dead brood afterwards. The reason to...
  9. Re: Thesis documents broad scale adoption of VSH lineage by queen breeders

    Only anecdotal evidence but I introduced VSH genetics last year and added more queens this year. While I never hesitate to treat, I didn't need to last year and so far this year looks to be a...
  10. Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Bingo! You can hear them fanning when the temps climb. I use screened inner covers instead of solid ones to increase the ventilation. Solid ones are only SHB havens anyhow. I also use 1/8...
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    Re: To screen or not to screen...

    Before varroa came along I used solid bottom boards exclusively. Then came word that screened bottom boards helped with varroa control, so I made the switch. And found that the bees didn't seem to...
  12. Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    I started out in Florida and spent most of my life there. I am in Alabama now and I can tell you that Florida or Alabama--SHBs are my #1 aggravation. They are far worse a pest than mites to me. ...
  13. Re: hive beatles, how to treat w/o chemicals?

    I fill the trays with about 1/2" of mineral oil in the spring. Then about once a month all summer I strain it into a bucket, discard the nasty, and refill the tray with the remaining oil. About...
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    Re: Bee health, another view.

    Nothing new here. Randy's been saying this for as long as I have been aware of him and his website.


    Rusty
  15. Re: hive beatles, how to treat w/o chemicals?

    I live in a high beetle population state. I never see a live beetle these days, though I do see plenty of dead ones. They drown/smother in the mineral oil in my oil trays that are under my screened...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    If my hives were being decimated by mites--all but one--then yes I would definitely save that hive's genetics to use as a starting place. My goal would be to increase the hygienic behavior until it...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Try researching VSH. I made the jump to VSH queens last season and added more queens this season. The improvement in my mite checks amazes me.

    JMO

    Rusty
  18. Re: OA dribble as one and only... anyone?

    I do--but with a BIG proviso--all of my queens are VSH stock. While they came from several sources, all those sources obtained their II queens from the same place--Adam Finkelstein of VP Queens. I...
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    Re: Best Gloves

    I've only recently needed to wear gloves (I've developed psoriasis on my hands and the scent of the meds sets the bees off BIG time) so I bought a good pair of goatskin and actually like them! I...
  20. Re: My stands stand on concrete pavers what can i do for bugs and SHB LARVA?

    I keep oil pans on all my hives. SHBs wind up in the oil instead of the hive. Which means that there are no larvae surviving to reach the ground. So no SHB problems AND they also put an end to my...
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    Re: Customer concern

    On this same note, while I haven't ever sold this way, I do know someone who does. I heard one of his customers say virtually the same thing about selling more honey. I loved how he answered: "Ah,...
  22. Re: ejecting workers with deformed wing virus

    When did you do your last mite check? August is the month mite population tends to explode in the hive.

    Rusty
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    Re: One source during a dearth

    Looks like it might be one of the sumacs.

    Rusty
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    Re: Hive Beetle

    I build my own design and so far had very good luck with them. Plans are on my website. Oil traps seem to work very well controlling beetles and ants and a few other things too. I have lost hives...
  25. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    I would do a sugar shake (powdered sugar in a jar with about a cup [300] of bees) and base my decision on the resulting mite count. I do not treat blindly. There has to be a reason.

    JMO

    Rusty
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