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    Re: Pros and cons of screened inner covers

    Since the arrival of small hive beetles, I've gone to migratory covers in summer. One less place for SHBs to infest. I can't prove success, but it seems to help.
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    Re: Wood hive VS polystyrene hive

    Years ago, I remember Richard Taylor writing "Plastic beekeeping equipment is the work of the devil." I have never forgotten it.
  3. Re: Does adding a medium with pulled frames on top of a crowded deep make sense?

    9302 If you don't have honey, sugar works well. Spray the combs with a little water, pour sugar over the cells, and work it into the cells with your bee brush. Spritz again to hold it together. Be...
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    Re: Flower pot type swarm trap

    I've used one for several years. Take it down in the fall and it will last. You do have to do a cut-out, but big deal. When it gets holes in it, duct tape them. When its more duct tape than paper,...
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    Re: Healthy Yet Aggressive Hive

    Aggressiveness is in the eye of the beholder. Aggressive to me, is when they chase me over 100 feet from the hive and keep trying to sting. Aggressiveness is genetic in many cases. A queen mates with...
  6. Re: "There's no evidence that local honey relieves allergy symptoms." from NYTimes

    The pollen that typically causes allergy sufferers problems is windborn pollen such as grass, some trees (pine, oak, etc), and others. Bees gather sticky pollen off flowers and certain trees. It's no...
  7. Thread: Catalpa trees

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    Re: Catalpa trees

    The worms are Catalpa Sphinx Moth catarpillers. In my experience, they will completely defolliate a moderate sized (20 year old) tree in 24 hours. I hate them, and whack them as soon as I see them on...
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    Re: Rheumatoid/Fibromyalgia

    I have had RA for 30 years and have been a beekeeper for over 20. I wish I could tell you it works. I have tried applying stings and keeping records about how my arthritis is doing several times....
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    Frosted Plexiglass Cover and SHB

    The June Bee Culture has a letter from a beekeeper who installed a frosted plexiglass cover on his hive. He claimed the light caused the SHBs to abandon the hive. It sounds interesting. The initial...
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    Re: Who is selling Northern queens?

    Mike's queens (Bjorn Apiaries) are by far the best I've purchased in years. I've bought from him on two occasions. I requeened with them a couple of years ago and I'm totally satisfied.
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    Re: Seeking Article From 1916 Bee Culture

    Joe, I emailed you with information. If it doesn't come through, contact me here.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My first swarm this year in Berryville, Virginia. I can't remember one this early.
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    Re: Battling City Hall - The RESULTS ARE IN!!

    Well done sir!
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    Re: Question on battling City Hall

    Here is the City Municipal Code with definitions, the appeal process and other information:

    http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-239.html#NRS239Sec010
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    Re: Question on battling City Hall

    Believe it or not, in some states zoning complaints are exempt from FOIA, and can be withheld. I didn't see that in Nevada's statute.
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    Re: Question on battling City Hall

    Prior to even thinking about court, contact your representative on the City Council. Tell them you want to obey the law, but that the city hasn't shown you the law. I've been involved in municipal...
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    Re: Question on battling City Hall

    The "privacy act" they referred to is questionable. A quick look at NV's Freedom of Information act: http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-239.html#NRS239Sec010 leads me to believe that the "complaint"...
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    Re: Propolis Ointment

    Thanks very much my friends!
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    Propolis Ointment

    I'm looking for a recipe for propolis ointment to use on cold sores. Anyone heard of one?
  20. Thread: Ross Rounds

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    Re: Ross Rounds

    I've used Ross Rounds in the past. I like Richard Taylor's THE COMB HONEY BOOK. Killian's book is a classic, but their system was extremely labor intensive for maximum production. Taylor's book...
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    Re: Great Bees from Bjorn Apiaries!

    Dave, I bought some queens from Mike a couple of years ago. The are by far the best I've ever purchased. I'm going to buy a couple more in a week or so. I can't say enough about the quality of his...
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    Four Gallon Food Grade Containers

    I purchased 10 four gallon plastic food grade containers from http://www.novabarrel.com , an outfit that sells used food grade barrels and plastic containers. He is just east of Dulles Airport in...
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    Re: My nucs were late. Are they toast?

    Natalie, here is some information on feeding from our own Michael Bush:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm

    In the end, you'll find that feeding isn't an exact science. Some swear it's...
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    Re: My nucs were late. Are they toast?

    Don't throw in the towel. Your mission is to build these colonies up as much as you can before the frost. You said yourself that this is a hobby. Why not start out with a challenge? If your queens...
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    Re: R. Weaver Apiaries

    I stopped purchasing bees with USPS delivery years ago, although I do order queens that way. When I did, there were a couple of instances where I picked the packages up from an outdoor loading dock...
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