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    Re: Battery powered smoker

    I had one and I liked it, but the motor didn't last long enough for me to buy a second one. I wish the button was a switch rather than a push button, as the best thing about it was getting it to...
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    Re: Neighbor's pool over fence watering plan

    Let a 4 year old grand daughter get stung, and they can become impossible neighbors that can't be pleased.... Don't take the chance if you don't have too...
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    Re: Neighbor's pool over fence watering plan

    If Possible, NEVER let anyone that lives near you, know that you keep bees. My coworkers and family know I keep bees, my neighbors do not....
  4. Thread: High mite count

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    Re: High mite count

    500 is not a huge number following the first OAV treatment. It should go down a lot following next weeks treatment. How long ago was your FALL treatment? It was either longer ago than I think or...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    I got this once, but it was simple... Too much liquid was added. Been very careful since, 3 tablespoons to 2 cups of sugar, They've turned out awesome. my stove min temp is 170.
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    Re: mid winter OAV in the south.....numbers

    I use to do 5, but you never get to ZERO mites. I've found that after 3 treatments, you get diminishing returns and the extra treatments are not worth the extra effort. Of course the "Effort" goes...
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    Re: mid winter OAV in the south.....numbers

    If I had numbers that low, I wouldn't bother to treat. that is awesome. I treat two series a year, once in the dearth, a second in late fall. the first treatment count in the dearth is several...
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    Re: Feisty Bees in Medium Supers

    I use all mediums and I've never noticed that the bottom box was any worse than any of the other boxes, but I've never had them stacked that deep. to experiment, I would unstack (reverse stack)...
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    Re: Application of Swarm Commander

    Mine was red, but quickly lost all of the brite color being exposed to the sun and weather. I think it was the SC, and it's the first tree a swarm can reach. I actually planted it for this...
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    Re: Application of Swarm Commander

    I didn't have much luck getting them to go into a box after it. but I hung a rag on a head high limb and spray it with SC every week. It was late in the swarm season, but I caught 5 off that rag. ...
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    Re: Anything wrong with OAV during winter?

    Define quite warm, it's going to be 69 at my house Saturday. :D

    They need to break cluster, so if it's a fly day, it's warm enough to treat. I believe I've read 50 degrees, but I think it...
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    Re: Ultra bee is great flying squirrel bait

    I had one as a pet once, awesome pet.... Never had them in an attic. I wish you could send them to me, Kudos for not killing them!
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    I have Heilyser, VarroVap, and two Varrox. The Varrox, cost more and are hands down the best. Easily worth the extra money. I've got two so they I can be working the next hive while the first is...
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    Re: Feeding Syrup in Communal Feeders

    I prefer to open feed, but the feeders are about 75 yards from the hives. I don't think it causes robbing when it's not close to hives. I will feed with internal feeders for weak hives or nucs, but...
  15. Thread: oav again

    by Robbin
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    Re: oav again

    They need to be out of the cluster for OAV to be effective. Other than that, you can't hurt them by treating, thou I doubt you need it with two treatments during a largely broodless time. Treating...
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    Good Article in Beeculture on OAV

    http://www.beeculture.com/oxalic-acid-effective-easy-on-bees-but/


    I searched and I didn't see it posted. Pretty good article.
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    Re: The 6 Stages of Beekeeping Addiction

    Sky, I feel like you've been reading my internet logs.....
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    Re: Adding another brood super

    Not in January. I'm amazed they are building up this time of year. While I doubt they will draw the comb out, you don't want to give her more room to lay. She really shouldn't be doubling this...
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    Re: How many bees die per day overwinter?

    Thanks Outdoor N8, that was a very interesting chart. Some of the oldest winter bees where over 200 days old, while the oldest summer bees was only in the 60 to 70 day range.
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    Re: How many bees die per day overwinter?

    How long a bee lives changes dramatically when the bees are in winter. Bees "wear out" more than die of old age, so they don't wear out over the winter when they are not foraging. So the 200 - 250...
  21. Thread: VHS QUEEN BEES

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    Re: VHS QUEEN BEES

    I've tried several different VHS breeders. All showed some improvement, none were going to survive without some treatments. So all things being equal, get VHS queens, but it's not a silver bullet....
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    Re: Nuc box as tool box?

    I bought a great one, nice to have a lockable, sealed nuc to catch swarms, transport frames with bees and or queens. Couldn't figure out how to get the image to load. It hold everything, even the...
  23. Thread: mites

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    Re: mites

    I agree with FlowerPlanter Fogging with Mineral oil does not work. I don't think it even helps...
  24. Thread: oav

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    Re: oav

    Most people block it with a board or Oil tray. On the hives I've got oil trays on, I use that, on the ones that I don't, I just leave it open. I also don't block the entrance with a towel. ...
  25. Thread: Cloud Computing

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    Re: Cloud Computing

    +1000 ENCRYPT BEFORE UPLOADING, unless you don't care if it's printed on the front page of a newspaper tomorrow....
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