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  1. Re: how do you not smash bees when putting hive bodies/supers back in place?

    Here is a post that suggests misting them with water to make them move....
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    Re: Bee's favorite flower

    Burdock, the prototype for Velcro (so I've heard).

    Combing the burrs out of a horses mane, tail, and the feathers by his feet is a job that requires a patient groomer and a patient horse.
    bill
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    Re: Ticks, Lime, and Bees

    I doubt that lime will hurt bees that contact it, but I don't know that. In order for it to harm the bees (even if it can), the bees would have to contact it, but bees seldom land on the ground so...
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    Re: sumac being worked in Maryland

    Some comparison here-
    http://www.poison-ivy.org/poison-sumac
    Bill
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    Re: Discouraged newbee

    Bravery is much easier when you trust your armor, suit up. Many here say that dearth makes bees more defensive. You can requeen, but to do that you will have to dig down into the hive so you can...
  6. Re: Dadant 20 Frame Extractor- SHAKING/WOBBLING

    Those are indeed nice legs, Harry, this from a person who spent a good deal of his life as a welder.

    Another approach to taming vibration is to make a soft mount, rubber blocks (like motor mounts)...
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    Re: Hive is dying fast. Now what?

    I would first ask myself if the wax moths are the cause or the result of the decline. If something else is weakening the hive, mites are a strong possibility, then the moths may be just taking...
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    Re: What Setup Do You Use for a Trap-Out?

    Look at this thread, post #7
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?314856-Hive-in-my-wall
    Mr Hogan will send you a description of his method if you email him.
    Bill
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    Re: Help moving Swarm Trap

    I'm with chemguy only you build the lowering rigging when you install the trap. One end of the lowering line goes to a trigger that you invent to release the tie around the tree. The other end goes...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    A letter from a lawyer, or a visit by the police, or both, to the neighbor that explains the penalties, both legal and civil, that can result from this sort of activity can be helpful. No accusation...
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    Re: How to Clean Wax off Wife's Pot?

    Oven cleaner will probably take it off.
    Fill the pot with a mixture of water plus a cup or so of household ammonia, bring it to a simmer for a while (lid on, open window or do outside, smelly fumes)...
  12. Re: What is the best way to permanently mark a beehive box?

    You could bury an RFID chip in it for less than $.50 these days. I think the police have the readers.
    Bill
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    Re: Speaking of bee attacks...what could you do?

    Treating your clothing with permethrin might help. It repels ticks, chiggers, mosquitos and such (generally by killing them). I doubt that bees have resistance to it. This would be for your mowing...
  14. Re: Trapped Swarm - Did I miss the queen? What next?

    It's at least possible that the bees on the rafter now are a totally different swarm than those that were there before.
    Bill
  15. Thread: Buildin Stuff

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    Re: Buildin Stuff

    I'm with Dave A- Watch "The Woodwright's Shop" for a few episodes, (available on line). After a bit it is clear that simple hand woodworking tools (and time, initially probably lots of time but...
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    Re: Lazy susan bearing

    Of course, evenly loaded it's bombproof, you would want to check how much off center the load can be, just in case the bees decide to put the honey all in one side. Most likely fine there too.
    Bill
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    Re: Forklft experiances 1 K

    Propane is cheap now and is usually thought to be low pollution. Often used as forklift fuel.
    Bill
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    Re: How did I not know about linden trees?

    And the monarch butterflies love bean tree homestead too.
    Bill
  19. Re: 20 million bees spillled in Idaho truck wreck.

    A lot of the bees already have been taken care of- Notice that the debris consists of mostly broken boxes, pallets and such. The frames one would expect to see have all been taken away.
    Bill
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    Re: New Package - Sugar Water NOT Punctured

    Research "warrant of merchantability" for your state, then decide how to proceed.
    Bill
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    Re: Swarm surprise

    In his first post K&D+3 describes "bees clinging to each other". This is easily what festooning bees would look like. If they were festooning they were most likely making comb, hopefully in the...
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    Re: Extractor motor wanted

    You might be able to adapt an electric drill, these days the variable speed is generally built in.
    Bill
  23. Re: how to get bees into hive , not a bee keeper.

    Another option is to leave them where they are now and let your dad move them when he returns. Now that your interest has been jogged you should probably help. Nice situation your dad can be your...
  24. Re: Beginner Questions - Alternatives To Sugar Water

    If you build your top bar hive so that a Lang frame will fit in it, you can get a nuc and then just put the frames in the hive (search for long lang for info).

    If you use a 19 inch top bar (or...
  25. Re: Electric fence where ground rod is not possible

    A hammer drill would set them in solid rock if you don't like the mesh idea. An expansion bolt (metal, not a plastic shield) in the hole should make reasonable contact. Use several holes spaced...
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