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    Re: not dead until they are warm and dead

    Granted. They are probably doomed. But what is the benefit of going out in the cold of February to clean out the boxes?

    They might be only mostly dead. If I might quote Miracle Max,...
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    Re: not dead until they are warm and dead

    We've got one "dead" colony. Actually, there is some traffic at the entrance some days, and a little weight loss. I'm not sure they actually are dead, though what I am seeing may robbing out the...
  3. Re: Did Ancient Man Employ Bees To Ward Off Elephants?

    Its a fun idea. I would expect hunter/gatherers were exploiting honey long before they had a problem with elephants. That would have come with farming.

    You could see the elephant deterrence a...
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    Re: Formic acid questions

    I've used the West Virginia University FA fumigation method a couple of times. The first time I mixed HBH in with the solution and it immediately started to react (they said it would). After that I...
  5. Thread: Wearing white

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    Re: Wearing white

    Bees are more likely to attack dark colors, especially black. They hate my black cameras, and go after my dark brown hair.

    You don't have to wear pure white. My understanding is that white bee...
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    Re: Spraying for mosquito

    Dan, exactly ... that's the label use. But follow the forums around here and you'll find people who say they use it directly on the hive. I cringe.

    I was responding to the wish that it would...
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    Re: Spraying for mosquito

    I would not put either BtI or aizawai directly on bee larvae. I'm pretty sure that would be off-label use for either. They may be certified as harmless to adult bees used as directed, but aizawai...
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    Re: Foundationless frames. Wire or not.

    For you foundationless folks who don't wire, do you use deeps or mediums? I'm just guessing that this is easier to get away with if you use mediums. Michael Bush says he prefers mediums in his...
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    Re: Spraying for mosquito

    Specifically, the "mosquito dunk" products are Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis. This subspecies is very well tested and, used as directed, about as harmless to bees as you can get. Not all Bt...
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    Re: Russian vs Italian Bees

    We have a hive of suspected Russians. They're noticably hotter than the other hives, but not intolerably so. They may not make the best pets for the back yard flower garden though. We used to be...
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    Re: Distribution method for powdered sugar.

    We bought a pump-type insecticide duster from the garden supply center. It took a little fiddling to get it to blow powdered sugar uniformly. Bumping it to declump the sugar helps. I can get it to...
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    Re: Thinking of starting this year

    I second the bee class. Learning what equipment you actually need is part of the course.

    And in that class they'll try to persuade you to get at least two hives your first year. For one thing,...
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    Re: Dandelion question

    I recall installing our first nucs. While most of the girls were orienting on their new digs, one of them found the only dandelion in the yard and worked it as if it were the last flower on Earth.
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    Re: Battery powered smoker

    I doubt I'd have looked twice before getting set up to do OAV. If you are going to have a battery set up to haul out to the apiary conveniently, might as well consider other uses for it. But I'd be...
  15. Re: Can You Identify This Famous Person in the History of Beekeeping?

    This was not my guess. Based on the first clue, the person who popped into my mind was Charles Darwin, born 12 February 1809. The birthday fit, and Darwin kept bees and wrote about comb-building. ...
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    Re: Neighbor's pool over fence watering plan

    I chipped up an almost-used-up mineral block, and put maybe a tablespoon in my 7-gallon poultry waterer on each fillup. Not having a neighbor with a pool I have no idea if it makes a difference, but...
  17. Re: Can You Identify This Famous Person in the History of Beekeeping?

    I think I know the answer but I'll keep mum and let the fun continue.
  18. Thread: Hey all!

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    Re: Hey all!

    I expect they'll be able to find quiet water on the shores of a river that they can work safely. But do try to locate your hives away from wet ground. Sunny and dry will help keep them healthy. ...
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    Re: New Virginia Beekeeping Law

    The way it works in WV is that the one-page form we sign asks us to agree to a very short list of rules, which are essentially the rules of good bee stewardship we learned in bee school. Among the...
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    New Virginia Beekeeping Law

    Just a note to our Virginia beekeepers, to look up a new law presently making its way thru the State Legislature: HB535.

    Don't panic ... I consider this a good one, protection against lawsuits...
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    Re: Theory behind Lemon Grass oil.

    redsnow,

    Since you're just starting out, this is just something to do as the opportunity arises, but if you ever replace a queen and have no use for the old one, toss the old one into a small...
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    Re: BeeCam suggestions for 2016?

    I've got Flir POE 1080p cameras on the house. They don't focus close enough, but there may be a way around that.

    I'm working on a project for a friend involving a wireless security camera that...
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    Re: Africanized Honey Bees becoming more gentle

    I thought the slow-mo video clips were great. I've often wondered what happens to a bee when it is hit by a raindrop (I'll bet most of you have wondered this as well). There's a great shot in there...
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    Re: Controlling Small Hive Beetles

    That will go on my list of bee video projects. I bought a little Ulster obs hive with the idea of watching what happens when various treatments are applied. For mites, powdered sugar, formic acid,...
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    Re: Controlling Small Hive Beetles

    That should be fun to test. Alas, our mites just had an unfortunate accident with some oxalic acid vapor, but I'm sure there will be more. We just bought a bag of DE from our garden supply center,...
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