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    Re: tips on obtaining land for apiary

    I've gotten some yards by word of mouth, some by doing some leg work, but most through craigslist.

    Craigslist is very hit or miss. Sometimes I won't get a single response from a post. Others I'll...
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    Re: Piedmont of NC Honey Flow and Comb

    I wouldn't say that the flow is "not that great" but rather that it's over.

    Big plants in the area are tulip poplar and blackberry. To a lesser extent black locust, if you can find it. Tulip...
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    Equalizing brood post honey flow

    I'm looking for any articles, threads, books or general advice on equalizing brood after the honey flow is over.

    In this area, honey flow fund through end of May, trickle till July 1, then dearth...
  4. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    I was starting to think it was just me . . .

    Tulip Poplars usually start blooming around April 1 for me. It's been cold, so I expected them about a week late. Three weeks ago I had all my...
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    Re: Swarming, or just heavy traffic?

    It is.

    I wouldn't worry about room for the queen to lay. Every 7 days I move all open brood above the excluder, and keep all capped brood below the excluder. It actually keeps her laying at a...
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    Swarming, or just heavy traffic?

    I got to do yardwork most of the day the other day, occasionally checking up on a hive. In the am it was a little chilly, just a little bit of bee flight. By mid morning, there was a steady "coming...
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    Re: New Beek what to feed a new nuke?

    Don't worry about it. The bees do just fine with regular 1:1.
  8. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    That appears to be the most logical explanation I've heard of why not to treat with supers on so far.
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    Re: New Beek what to feed a new nuke?

    It's commonly referred to as a "nuc" (short for "nucleus colony"). Obtaining your 1st "nuke" could be expensive and dangerous. I wouldn't recommend it.

    All kidding aside, you should feed them some...
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    Re: Double deeps for the southerners?

    I'm not as far south as you, so take it for what it's worth, but here's what I like to do:

    1. Start off the season with a deep and a medium
    2. Spring time rolls around, add a deep on top for...
  11. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I ran some "tests" last weekend, right before I did my second of three spring treatments.

    When vaporizing one gram, the complete time took 2:41. When doing two grams, the complete time took about...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    I don't think this is correct.
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    Re: Robber prevention idea on nucs

    I don't think so.

    The reason why robber screens work so well isn't because robber bees "just fly straight in." It's because the robber bees orient based on scent. The screen makes the robber bees...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    Current suggested label recommends:

    "Half-face respirator with cartridge and/or particulate filter"
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    That is not what I don't understand. I don't understand how you are coming to the conclusion that the application has not been filed yet. That's what you said right here:



    You also allude to it...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    I don't understand how you are coming to this conclusion.
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    I think you read that incorrectly.

    The Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) requires the EPA to publish a decision on an application for registration of a new active ingredient within 24...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    The label has to properly warn of adverse risks, and the proper and improper application times, methods, ect. If you leave something out, and a consumer mis-uses the product and ends up getting hurt,...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    Good luck to them. The legal exposure would be massive, and the label approval and registration time/expense is nothing to balk at.
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    The approval document says: "In the U.S., oxalic acid is marketed for a range of non-pesticidal uses. On the general consumer
    market, it is commonly known as wood bleach." (emphasis not in...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    My understanding was, and forgive me if I'm incorrect, that even approved treatments needed to be followed by the manufacturer's label, and couldn't be "mixed" directly by the consumer.

    For...
  22. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I can try it with one gram this weekend and see how long it takes.

    I don't know how charged my truck battery is, but I got it about two years ago and it starts my truck every morning.
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    Re: robbing this early??

    I was thinking the same thing last Sunday. I treated with some OA, and by the time I was leaving the yard I noticed they were going crazy over robbing. VERY unusual for this time of year (at least,...
  24. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I did a treatment today, first time with OAV. While I don't know it's effectiveness, I can say it was easier than I thought it would be.

    But, an issue came up while treating. I treated hive #1,...
  25. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    As was suggested by others, before I did a treatment in the hive I hooked up the Varrox to the battery and timed how long it would take to fully "cook" 2 grams. It took between 3:00 and 3:45,...
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