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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I don't' have a screened bottom... wont' that screw up the bees walking on it?

    I wish I could just borrow one from someone to ensure I'm getting them the right amount and stuff. Eventually, I'll...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I just want to make sure I'm doing it right, as I dont' have a "real" 12V vaporizer... Just made one and based usage of the youtube video I saw using a torch and made sure to do "test runs" making...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Absolutely.. the little pinkish/brownish oval things on the backs of the workers in the hive that are, at best 1mm across.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Honestly, at this point, i just want to do what I can to save them. I should have Apivar on the way, and I'm going to keep an eye on them for any signs of the workers' numbers dwindling.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Is it a bad idea to treat with the Apivar while using Oxalic Acid in the meantime?
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    so I finally found oxalic acid and treated them today. . . I still found at least a few live mites running around. . . I was hoping for mass mite destruction. . . Now just waiting for Apivar, but it...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm definitely going to get them pollen patties and keep them on sugar water (They have actually expanded comb in the 5 days that I've started feeding them). Right now, I can get Apistan strips much...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I think I can get OA way faster than anything else. I'd also like to read up and be more comfortable using the apivar, but I don't see why I shouldn't use it. The climate here in the Central Coast...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm sorry. You lost me at 'classic PMS'. Also, that beetle was squished sideways.. Its not that long.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    This is what I drove all over for looking to find, but only ONE place "carried" it, but out of stock. It's Sunday and most places are closed, so I'm going to call all the paint stores in the morning...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm going to fight this as fast and hard as I can. I've gone out and made myself a vaporizer, but I can't seem to find oxalic acid anywhere around here. Most people have just given me a blank stare,...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I'm so sad.. I did an inspection today, and for the first time I ALSO saw small hive beetles!!!!! Lots of dead brood, larvae, deformed bees, and I've now started seeing mites ON the bees (I'm not...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    They do? :scratch: Well, then, I suppose my depression on my birthday can go away. . . This is probably the ONE area I haven't had to "deal with" yet, so it's also why I'm terribly distraught. . . I...
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    It finally happened... varroa..

    I saw two workers pushed out of the hive with the wings all deformed and stuff... Sure enough.. big fat mite on them. . . Hive is 5 months old, and they are already stressed because of our drought...
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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    drought here is NOT making it easy for my girls.
  16. Re: What's she gathering from my cucumber leaves?

    could be looking for droplets of water???
  17. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    So far, my favorite I've had to say was "Hey, Honey, one of the girls is in the refrigerator" Her response, "How did she get in there?"
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    Re: Nature's Brutality

    Oh, I'm not saying it's necessarily a sad event, as the hive needs to do what's best for the colony as a whole, but it's still a brutal part of how 'honest' nature is. There are exceptions, but to...
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    Nature's Brutality

    So I've not been witness to the mass drone exile. I walked up to my hive today to see all the bodies laid outside the entrance being devoured by ants, and a few lucky ones able to wrestle free from...
  20. Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    I must have horribly un-coordinated bees. I get most of my morning entertainment watching them attempt to land loaded with pollen and nectar only to over shoot or undershoot the landing bad and...
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    Re: Girls are in a FOUL mood today

    Weather had bit a bit cloudy in the mornings (I live by the ocean) but it's sunny by 11:00am and while I feel there may be a dearth going on, I've seen new flowers blooming in the fields and they...
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    Girls are in a FOUL mood today

    Wife got stung in the garden, and they were chasing us both while in the back yard... Even in the front yard, one was buzzing us. . . I don't know if there's a full moon around, or what, but they are...
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    Re: Honey Sucking Drones!

    I'm not in the commercial market with my bees, so this is my opinion, but I don't see the issue of the natural things that go on in the hive. Drones are a part of the hive, and, yes, they will eat...
  24. Re: Moved bees 100 ft, will foragers find the hive?

    This raises a question for me. If I REPLACE my top bar hive with a langstroth, will they still think it's their home if it's in the same spot even though they LOOK completely different? When i do my...
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    Re: What I learned today

    I actually had this happen on my third attempt catch a swarm, and after the very first shake of the clump, one was small enough to end up getting into one of the vent holes in my hat (which has since...
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