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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    I understand the beetles can fly multiple miles to find your hive; maybe 10 (?) - Mike
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    SHB Larva drowned?

    I know mineral or veggie oil is used in conventional traps to clog up SHB larva breathing tubes, but does anyone know if throwing them in water will drown them? I'm trying even as I'm typing.
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    Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    I think the secret is to straighten comb as early as it appears, because as the season goes on, I can make up a dozen reasons for not going out to look at them. - Mike
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    May I suggest some 'ears' on that support so there is no chance of the bar coming off towards you? Second, you are on some kind of platform (back porch?) so does that mean the larva somehow landed on...
  5. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    Tongue depressors from the craft store - Mike
  6. Re: my new bees are still drinking sugar water

    Changes the pH to something closer to something, also it attracts SHB larva
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    How often do you go into your hive.....

    to monitor and perhaps straighten comb? After I harvested six bars about a month ago, I started feeding knowing they would want to replace the comb and start filling it, but I didn't go in with the...
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    Robber screens

    Any downside in putting a robber screen in place and simply leaving it in place year 'round?
  9. Re: my new bees are still drinking sugar water

    I have been told and it seems to hold true, that if they can't find anything better, they will go for the syrup. On Mike Bush's suggestion, I'm moving to a 5:3 ratio because 2:1 just barely dissolves...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I use WAM's waste bucket idea and found that adding a tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar to the feed not only changes the pH and keeps the syrup from fermenting (heard that second hand) but...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I feed two ways: the first is WAM's bucket with wood floats (pros: don't have to feed as often. Cons: have to open up the hive to feed). Second, I took the concept of a Boardman feeder, but made the...
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    How do you seperate the bees from the comb after it collapsed and everything is covered in honey? - Mike
  13. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    I like the flipping part.
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    Re: no honey stores

    Although everyone is giving good advice, please remember that advice is valid only within the flight range of THEIR hives.
    For example, if the nectar flow goes from April until September (as in the...
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    Re: Squashed my Queen :(

    I use the same concept, different tool. I use a "bee-down bar" which is an 1/8" thick x 3/4" wide x 20" or more piece of aluminum stock. place the bee-down bar next to a bar and push the next bar in...
  16. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    Thanks for the replies; I have been using 1/4 round (set in a groove) pointy edge up so that it forms a 1/2" pyramid, but that doesn't always work. I'm having to work very hard to keep them making...
  17. Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    WAM advocates using an inch wide strip of 1/8" wax foundation set in a groove as a guide for the girls to build straight comb.
    Does anyone know if one could get the same results using a wax coated...
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    Re: I have a problem

    Problem is, when you pop the lid, all the bees wandering in the area are attracted to the honey so I am not getting anywhere!
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    I have a problem

    I'm running a TBH and harvested several bars of honey by cutting the comb into a stock part. Of course, a lot of bees got caught in the pot,because I've never been successful getting all the bees...
  20. I've managed to get beeswax over multiple kitchen utensils

    Hot water doesn't always remove it and I'm concerned about wax down the drain. Do you have a trick for removing beeswax? Mike
  21. So after storing frames of honey, they died...

    ...in mid December. I'm thinking I'll leave the honey in place and they can use it when the new box of bees arrive. But the bees won't arrive until late this month. Meanwhile the flow has started so...
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    Veggie/mineral oil and SHB

    Anyone know the action of the oil on the SHB? is it clogging up breathing pores and drowning them? is it simply immobilizing them? - Mike
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    Installing a package

    This will be year three of installing packages in my TBH. I had an idea the other day and don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. Your thoughts please:

    Do your thing with the queen (I suspend...
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    Re: What about the honey I left in the hive?

    Take out?
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    What about the honey I left in the hive?

    My hive died in December, leaving me with five or more bars of honey. I figured the new package would need something to eat. However, when the package is installed, they will be concentrating on...
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