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    Re: Beetles. Frames completely slimed.

    If they are as bad as you say, you probab ly see lots of the bees hanging out on the outside of the hive trying to get away from the SHB larva and slime. If all of the frames are slimed and/or have...
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    Re: wax rotation

    That is too bad, because you should not be rotating it out at all. A hive that has Apistan strips left in it continuously, fluvalinate tops out at between 40 to 60 ppm in the comb. If the strips...
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    Re: wax rotation

    Here is a tidbit:

    New wax is secreted for queen cellproduction, and thus a higher chance for coumaphos incorporation. Workers, onthe other hand, are reared repeatedly in the same cell with...
  4. Thread: Just a rant

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    Re: Just a rant

    Jwcarlson,

    That is correct. I don't blame them for the issue, just find it an annoyance since all my frames are gbb. I don't like the split bottoms due to less strength and better hiding places...
  5. Thread: Just a rant

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    Re: Just a rant

    I have found that all the foundation I receive from Mann Lake is too long to work well with gbbs. At least on the medium frames I use. Both the wired with hooks and the thin surplus frequently bows...
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    Re: wax rotation

    From: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0009754
    "High levels of miticides and agrochemicals in North American apiaries: implications for honey bee health"

    This...
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    Re: wax rotation

    The first quoted article states "contrasts between control verses fluvalinate and Apife VAR, and fluvalinate verses Apilife VAR did not show significant differences". It should ask be noted that...
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    Re: wax rotation

    My first response is that there are several scientific studies that say small cell is of no value, yet you disagree. So let's pick only the ones that support our stance.

    But it I will go to the...
  9. Re: My first frame with foundation. My evolution as a beekeeper. I feel kind of dir

    I ran one top bar in addition to my Langs for a couple of years. The bees seemed to love it and I hated it. For many of the reasons jwcarlson wrote above. Cross comb, collapsed comb, constant swarms....
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    Re: wax rotation

    I can see your point and understand your case for saying that comb rotation/destruction is not necessarily a treatment free subject. In the past, and I think still today the majority of those that...
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    Re: wax rotation

    At one point in my beekeeping I ascribed to comb rotation and destruction. But on further research at the urging of more experienced beekeepers I came to the conclusion that not only was it...
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    Re: wax rotation

    Okay, so for those unfamiliar, the two highlighted mitacides are Apistan (fluvilanate) and Checkmite+(coumaphos). While there is still no definitive answer to what causes CCD, I think most would...
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    Re: wax rotation

    Yep, sarcasm doesn't come across very well on forums.
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    Re: wax rotation

    My reply was tounge in cheek, but lets do look at is seriously.

    Per your response, most of the chemicals found in wax are from beekeeper applied mitacide.

    Is it your contention that...
  15. Re: fixing a colony's microflora/ecosystem (practical experiences/studies)

    JW, it's the Bond Method of gene insertion. Only the strong genes will survive and be incorporated into the genome. ��
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    Re: wax rotation

    So does that mean that after a while, you should not need to add any treatments because your wax already is "pretreated". Wonder if all that bad chemical buildup is high enough to prohibit mites and...
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    Re: Dragon flies?

    Yep, I see the same thing on my June and later requeening attempts. About a 50% failure rate due to queens failing to make it back from their mating flights. I blame some of that on the large number...
  18. Re: How to stop bees from drinking pool water

    Spray an insect repellant around the perimeter. Also you can run a sprinkler continuously for a couple of days to discourage them and hopefully make them find your friendlier water source
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    Re: City TF Drones

    First, I do not understand your 9 to 13 impregnated virgins. A drone mates with one queen then dies. The queen mates with multiple drones not the other way around.

    Some queen breeders do in fact...
  20. Re: A new way to harvest honey from a top bar hive

    The reason to add foundation and also one good benefit from giving them back the bar with comb on it is:

    to to get them to build nice straight comb. It is for our benefit, not theirs.
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    Re: Extraction / Swarm Question

    here you go, photos of my current bee vac. Clear plastic weathertight tote from wal-mart $18.00. 1 hour to assemble, very little woodworking,...
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    Re: splitting a laying worker hive?

    Can't argue with tried and true, if newspaper combines work then that's the easy solution.
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    Re: splitting a laying worker hive?

    Come on Mark. I think he meant "doctors can change Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner".
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    Re: splitting a laying worker hive?

    The EO from foragers will inhibit maturation of nurse bees. However there is this, which I am sure has more effect. from...
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    Re: What is this bee doing?

    The bee is just practicing its dance moves before it unleashes its dance moves on the entire hive.

    Looks to me to be cleaning itself off. You can see this behavior a lot when bees get honey on...
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