Type: Posts; User: FlowerPlanter
With the cost of plastic vs. glass I am using more glass.
Ball canning jars are under 9 bucks for a dozen (at retail)
Plastic is getting up there 50-60 cent each when purchased in bulk
>the next time I worked my bees, I sprayed them with sugar water. They were not amused. I won't do that again.
EO's don't work on mites, so what is your purpose?
They destroy bee probiotics that protect the bee from diseases.
Wintergreen is poisonous it only takes a few grams to kill someone. It is also...
>I believe it will set off a robbing frenzy and it will also make the hive you are working on get real defensive because of attacking robbers. what do you think?
This time of the year, yes.
>The hipster religion that bees must be purchased from purveyors of "treatment-free" survivors is bad biology, and is, at heart, just a marketing gimmick.
>This hive on the other hand is driving me crazy. They are packaged bees from this year. They were doing great, pumping out the brood, storing a little honey and then poof.
That's why I asked;...
EFB, would be my first guess. From the cases I get positive or negative confirmation from the lab. 2/3 of spotty brood is EFB.
Where did you get your bees? How many other hives do you have?
>How can it be possible
Mites did not fall off with sugar roll.
You had a brood break or two reduces your mites.
Your queens are being bred with ferial survivors.
Your bees are adapting...
First thing in the morning before light.
There are few cooler days coming up.
Misting the bees with water might work better than smoke.
If you do nothing the beetles and moths will move in and foul up your equipment.
Fix it or shake the bees out and freeze your frames then store them.
>Are 3 gallons of sugar water a week too much for one hive?
Yes, if they are back filling the brood nest, may cause swarms.
Like others said flip it over for the same about of time.
Then cut it to size, paint both sides, put it on a hive, weight it with a brick.
>I could go into the winter with 2 queenright hives giving me a back up in case I lose one over the winter
Yes. It is always recommended for beek to have 2 hives.
>Or I re-unite my 2 hives...
The recipe MB posted above will also catch horse flies, wasps, wax moths and possible SHB. Once the mixture ferments it starts working.
Hardware stores have yellow jackets traps that I hear work...
Not sure if this helps or not.
I made a batch with honey that was a bit thin. It did stay firm during the winter but during the summer it thinned out a bit. Still tasted fine.
I would chill it...
>I've read suggests swarming is natural and trying to stop it is either fruitless or at best 50/50.
There are a few things that cause swarming, not enough room for the queen to lay, too many...
Nice video 2cents
While watching your video another one to the right showing a drier sheet.
look up Swiffer pad they do work. Oil under SBB works the best.
>they swarmed just over 45 days ago.
Which set them back a bit.
>My concern is, they are really light on stores,
Yes feed them, your goal now is to get them to size for winter.
No dearth this year, white clover has not stopped, golden rod just got stated. I've been putting box after box all year, I just made 30 deeps and I am almost out :D
If you have scouts there's a chance.
I catch about 20-30 swarm in traps a year. So last year I put a trap right next to my window hoping to see all the action. Two different times I had scouts as...
You need to test dead larva to be 100% sure (lab or EFB test kit), from the cases I see around here and the one that are confirmed, more...
>Dragonflies get a few of mine everyday.
I see lot of dragonflies chasing bees this time of the year. And pretty much anywhere there are flowers there will be dragonflies near by.