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  1. How Do Bees and SHB Determine Where To Land on th Hive?

    I understand that bees exit the hive and orient on its location, and that SHB apparently find the hive by scent (pheromones and/or honey). What I am interested in learning is if anyone knows how...
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    Japanese Super Hornets: Die! Die! Die!

    This is from NPR today.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/09/19/349645420/-murdersquishing-them-to-death-how-little-bees-take-on-enormous-hornets?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=science
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    Re: Ants In The Hive

    I also have tiny sugar ants, as well as being in fire ant country. My hive stand has 4 4x4 posts for legs.

    I tried using vaseline, but found it melted in the Tx heat. I do not know if axle...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    No, no open brood. Will inspect when I build the hive. From the way they are acting I think there is a good chance I got the queen. Will start feeding immediately to get them ready for winter.
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    Re: RoboVac Air Sealing

    Oddfrank

    That was a substantial leak so I taped it. That helped, but didn't fix it completely. Will try smoke, good idea.
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    RoboVac Air Sealing

    I built a RoboVac style beevac this weekend, powered by a 3.5 hp vac. I caulked all of the interior joints and used weatherstrip between the modules. Even so, the amount of suction I had at the...
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    Re: Best time to do a cut out?

    I am an absolute beginner, and doubt I will ever do a cutout in a structure. However, this morning I did one in a downed log. We started at 7:20 in the morning, just as the sun came up. The bees...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Just got back from the log cutout. It was a small hive with little honey and not even much brood. Probably 5lb bees. Used the new robovac, which worked well. With all the nooks and crannys I...
  9. Re: Cut Out Bees: Abscond while box open waiting for latecomers?

    SMACK!

    That is the sound of my hand hitting my forehead. duh
  10. Cut Out Bees: Abscond while box open waiting for latecomers?

    The general consensus seems to be that when doing a cutout you should put the bees and brood into a hive box(s) and leave it there, open, so any bees you missed will be able to join the main colony. ...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    What an interesting idea. Any idea how long it takes them to move out of the log into the hive boxes?
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    Re: Plant suggestions for Central TX

    You might want to research New Zealand clover. Drought resistant, spreads by seed and runners. Low growing, annual flowers with a long season, especially if you can mow once or twice.
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    Re: New Zealand White clover

    I just received by NZ clover seeds here in TX. Plan to plant it this fall for early spring germination. Best thing is research indicates it will defeat bermuda grass. I would plant U235 if it...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    I am going to build a robo type beevac tomorrow. Have a fallen down tree with a colony to get as soon as I am ready. Looking forward to trying again.
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Last summer had bees in my water meter. Guy came to remove them, small colony with one comb of honey, about 3" diameter. Passed it around: WILD PEPPER (chili piquin) HONEY!

    I am now working on...
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    Corrugated Metal Roof?

    I need to make a couple of telescoping tops and wonder if I can use some corrugated metal roofing I have left over? It is actually 'R Channel' roofing, with a 1" corrugation about every 6". It is...
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    I have a chance at a downed log cutout, so maybe I can slip a little of that brood in too. Like you say, little to lose, and the learning is the fun part. (If the amount you learn is directly...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Aww, c'mon, River. How can I justify building another toy if I cannot use it!?

    I take your meaning though and will look at the situation and then decide. I did a fallen tree removal a couple...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    If I am able to get the queen into the box do I leave her there in the open box waiting for the rest of the bees for a few hours or overnight? Should I put her above an excluder so she does not...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Riverderwent

    Thanks for the ideas. I am curious, why avoid the vac, if it is setup correctly so it does not kill the bees? I thought that might be the best chance to get the queen, since I am...
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    Re: Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Thanks Cleo. Once again you have been very helpful. It is a good video.

    Anyone else have insights I can use?
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    Best Way to Cut Bees From Log?

    Was contacted today about removing bees from a downed tree. There is no rush, so (this time) I am going to take my time and plan ahead. First thing is to build a bee vac I have been planning for...
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    Been trying to find one, but no luck yet.
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    Re: Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    Wish I could do that, but my other hive is recovering from a pesticide kill. Doing ok, but no spare brood.

    Thought if I can get the small hive recovering I will keep it in the garage if the...
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    Minimum Number of Bees to Survive?

    I recently retrieved some bees from a water meter. Due to several mistakes and the presence of shb the number of bees has declined substantially. At this point I have the queen and a handful of...
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