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    Re: I seen varroa mites!!! HELP

    Thank you all for your replies. I am trying to decide if I should put a second tray in after the first 2 week period is up. It's going to drop to about 26 degrees tonight, some freak weather, but...
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    I've seen varroa mites!!! HELP

    So, I was doing some hive maintenance yesterday, and while looking at some of the bees, I seen a varroa mite on a bee!!!! I then seen one crawling around!

    I immediately went and opened an...
  3. Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    I freaked out. It was my first real pest invasion, and I had a million things going thru my head when I seen all of that. I just wanted it all as far away as possible :( It won't happen again, I...
  4. Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    I did use a mask, it was just when I opened the container, I wasn't expecting it! It was just a quick whiff. Nothing prolonged. I hope they are doing ok. Will check them in a week or so. Thanks...
  5. Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    I agree with that. No telling the more damage I would create trying to make it better for them. I hope it dissolves quickly, and does it's job. I will make SURE I update you all with the outcome. ...
  6. Re: MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Thank you all for the replies. I chose the MAQS strips, because we had a very experienced bee keeper come to one of our meetings, and talk about all the treatments for different pests, especially...
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    See now that is what freaks me out. I have one hive that isn't the strongest, that I put 2 strips in, and was wondering if I should have just done 1 strip in that hive. Do you think I should go out...
  8. MAQS strips and the colder weather?? And wax moth invasion

    Hello everyone! I decided to use MAQS strips for my varroa treatment this year, and I know it says it needs to be less than 92 degrees each day to use that product. Well, where I am located in VA,...
  9. Re: 2 hives, is one sick? No activicty, please read and please help advise :(

    I agree. I did get in the 2 hives just now, and the one with the bearding I removed the mouse guard, and added another med. super. They gladly accepted that extra room.

    The weaker hive, has a...
  10. Re: Check this pic, is it bearding or a swarm preparing? Help!

    Thanks for the quick and needed supplies. I removed the mouse guard completely, and they were very happy with that it seems! I also added another med. super box, which they quickly started moving...
  11. Re: 2 hives, is one sick? No activicty, please read and please help advise :(

    Thank you Peter for your reply. Here is a pic I posted in a different thread. I can't believe all these are OUT like this and it's barely 49 degrees and cloudy. The hive on the bottom is the week...
  12. Re: Check this pic, is it bearding or a swarm preparing? Help!

    I still have mouse guards on. It's supposed to have a frozen mix the next few days, so I didn't want to take them off yet. Should I add another med. super to this hive???????
  13. Check this pic, is it bearding or a swarm preparing? Help!

    It's 49 degrees outside, and this is what I am seeing.

    What the heck is this? Could it be bearding this early in the season? It's cloudy and not really warm outside.

    What is going on?

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  14. Re: 2 hives, is one sick? No activicty, please read and please help advise :(

    I didn't plan to do anything until I have a warm enough day to look in on that hive. I thought about taking a pic, and posting here. It would help to describe what I am talking about. I don't know...
  15. Re: 2 hives, is one sick? No activicty, please read and please help advise :(

    Thank you Dan.

    The strong hive is full of bees, but we were more about checking their food 2 weeks ago, and didn't pull out frames to check for brood. We had planned to do that this weekend, but...
  16. Re: 2 hives, is one sick? No activicty, please read and please help advise :(

    The weak hive is made up of 2 large deeps right now, and they all seem to be to the far end of those. They are staying in a tight ball. I would say they look to be the size of a package you would...
  17. 2 hives, is one sick? No activicty, please read and please help advise :(

    Looking for some help with my 2 hives. I am going to call my mentor to ask some questions, but I wanted to come on here as well. I have asked a bee person, and will reveal his answer towards the...
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    Re: Seen a hive beetle today!!!! Question?!

    Ok, now that freaks me out....some of the bees feeding the SHB???

    Should I just let winter do it's thing then?
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    Re: Seen a hive beetle today!!!! Question?!

    Thank you Peter for your reply :) That eases my mind a little. We had a cold streak here a few weeks ago, and I hope it got the most of them, if there were more. It was crazy to see! I am a...
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    Seen a hive beetle today!!!! Question?!

    So today we checked on the bees since it was 70 degrees. They had a little bit of patty left and that was good to see. I pulled out a couple frames and I seen a hive beetle going in and out of empty...
  21. Re: Question on popsicle sticks for ventilation?

    Thanks for the replies :) I will be doing that this weekend for sure. I worry about those issues since I am a newbie!
  22. Question on popsicle sticks for ventilation?

    So, I put a popsicle stick under each corner under the inner cover for ventilation as was recommened. I went back to check on this, and it looks like they have started to fill this area with...
  23. Question on ventilation holes drilled in deep boxes?

    Reading thru some of my books, I have a couple of questions about the ventilation for winter. The latest book I am reading says its a good idea to drill cork sized holes in both deep brood boxes,...
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    Re: How much Fumigilin-B to add to 1 gallon?

    Thank you :) Thanks also for the tips! How many times do I medicate them with the Fumigilin-B? Is this just one feeding?
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    How much Fumigilin-B to add to 1 gallon?

    Can someone tell me how much Fumigilin-B to add per gallon? The mixing instructions are kinda torn off the small bottle. Food is mixing on stove now, and would like to go ahead and add this...
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