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  1. My new stingless bees! (SC/winter death)

    I was saddened to learn that I lost my first colonies ever this winter. Some of you may recall that I did a small SC research project for a Masters thesis. Following the study I decided to put the...
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    Like CheckMite+ and gasoline, OA and FGMO are...

    Like CheckMite+ and gasoline, OA and FGMO are chemicals. The same can also be said of water and table salt, for that matter. They're all just a collection of atoms. The difference (to me and for...
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    I'm sure most of you will be underwhelmed, but...

    I'm sure most of you will be underwhelmed, but I've sent a link to Barry for download.

    Just to be clear, I am and was well aware of the flaws in the study. The scope was as large as my personal...
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    You said it Dennis. Counting mites IS NOT FUN. ...

    You said it Dennis. Counting mites IS NOT FUN. Doing it on a weekly basis for multiple hives while attempting to stick to a self-established, systematic, and scientific method will make you...
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    I just wanted to add that because of the size of...

    I just wanted to add that because of the size of the files and to a lesser degree, for protection of intellectual property, I am unable to email the study.
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    I haven't visited (read nor posted to) beesource...

    I haven't visited (read nor posted to) beesource for about a year or so. Some of you may recall a small cell research project I did from 2001-2005.

    I've been doing small cell/chemical free...
  7. Thread: SC vs LC

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    I agree that there is a size variance among bee...

    I agree that there is a size variance among bee populations, but I from my research and observation small cell bees are, on average, smaller than their large cell counterparts. If you look for...
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    The bees pictured were collected on the outside...

    The bees pictured were collected on the outside of the hives (trimmed from the lower inch of the beard!)

    My 1975 edition of ABC has a table listing sizes of bees from their respective cells (pg...
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    I thought some of you might find the following...

    I thought some of you might find the following picture interesting. This is a side-by-side comparison of bees raised on large cells vs. those raised on small cells. This random sample was collected...
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    I've talked to ABJ and they are interested, but...

    I've talked to ABJ and they are interested, but said I shouldn't be too technical, whatever that means. I guess they aren't interested in t-tests and standard deviations. There are other journals...
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    I just thought I'd add something. I'm currently...

    I just thought I'd add something. I'm currently doing a research project, in WV, regarding the effectiveness of small cell. My focus is on the hobby beekeeper and what they can expect if they...
  12. Thread: mites

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    All of my hives have SSB, which I made. The are...

    All of my hives have SSB, which I made. The are 3" tall and have a slot just below the landing area. This allows a flat board to be inserted UNDER the screen. I apply oil to the board and insert...
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    The hole is there for ventilation and an...

    The hole is there for ventilation and an entrance. When I use a HTF, I put a queen excluder covered with window screen on top and then put the top cover on that. The hole isn't vital, but it serves...
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    Dead bees, contaminated wax, poisonous honey,...

    Dead bees, contaminated wax, poisonous honey, loss of brain function...
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    I'm not going to attempt to contradict anyone...

    I'm not going to attempt to contradict anyone specifically, but I believe some of the information to be, at least, partially misleading. Therefore, I'd suggest that you (anyone with concerns) do...
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    Since you're seeing an increase in mite...

    Since you're seeing an increase in mite population AND you're seeing damaged bees, I'd start a treatment of some kind ASAP. At the very least I'd get a fogger and use it several times a week until...
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    Termites do live in the ground and travel to the...

    Termites do live in the ground and travel to the food source (wood). That is the reason for the termiticide application methods and preventative building construction. If they did end up in the...
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    I've got to comment again here. As far as I can...

    I've got to comment again here. As far as I can tell, we don't have the same treatment methods as Axtman has in Germany. Specifically, I've never seen the electric vaporizer he uses for OA. The...
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    I've been using Marvel Mystery Oil. It's in no...

    I've been using Marvel Mystery Oil. It's in no way designed for this use, but it has a minty smell, is a light-weight oil that is easy to clean. It's also red in color so it's easy to see if too...
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    IMHO, it's never time for CheckMite. I'd suggest...

    IMHO, it's never time for CheckMite. I'd suggest that you do some research on Varroa and you will learn what is considered normal and what is a problem. To answer you question, 20 mites is probably...
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    Topbarguy has a detailed pictorial on his site. ...

    Topbarguy has a detailed pictorial on his site. I don't have the link handy, but I'm sure someone will post the link.

    OA is used in the place of chemical controls and has a mite kill rate...
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    Lowe's etc. It's in the paint dept. sold as Wood...

    Lowe's etc. It's in the paint dept. sold as Wood Bleach.
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    Wax will get brittle, but if yours are that...

    Wax will get brittle, but if yours are that fragile AND they are contaminated with wax moth and mouse debris, you have to ask yourself is it worth saving. I bought new woodenware for my dad last...
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    The webs could be wax moth or simply spiders. Do...

    The webs could be wax moth or simply spiders. Do the frames have holes or grooves into the wood? Another way to check for wax moth is to pry up a wedge on the frame and look for the debris left by...
  25. Thread: mites

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    I just noticed that you said you have wingless...

    I just noticed that you said you have wingless bees. In that case, I'd recommend that you use an oxalic acid evaporator (detail found in other sections). That will give you the knockdown similar to...
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