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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    FlowerPlanter PM sent
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    Backdraft70. It's probably easier for you to search a few threads using the search engine, (and I suggest YouTube as well for a visual demonstration)than for me to explain it. It's been better...
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    JW, my experience is obviously different. If the bacteria does not survive in comb or capped honey, my uninfected hive that robbed a dead out shouldn't have gotten it
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    Dmac, did you use a queen excluder on the bottom, and did you use any treatment the first week or so?

    FlowerPlanter: we've been in swarm season for a couple of weeks now, and there are lots of...
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    Re: Bleach Solutions

    Thanks AR, though I'm not sure Chemguy would agree with us all calling that 20% :)
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    Requeened with a Strachan (California) Carniolan- failed to clear it up, a "local" Italian cross off Craigslist-was balled immeadiately and killed, a store bought Italian (California origin, don't...
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    Bleach Solutions

    Regular bleach is about 6%. Since 2014, Clorox sells an 8.25%
    When people on here refer to a 15 or 20% bleach solution, are they taking store bought bleach and mixing that 1 part bleach to X parts...
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    FlowerPlanter, you know I don't use EO. Mostly looking at a last resort move. The EFB I had last year, though it cleared up eventually, is back, and I now have five infected hives (out of eight),...
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    No Walt, you're not alone.
    I'm pretty green at all of this, but EFB is not what the long-timers around me remember. I've had difficulty convincing them I infected additional hives by the transfer...
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    I've been resisting melting because as a new beekeeper, 30-40 frames of brood comb is a big hit. After reading some are treating with acetic acid fumigation or chlorine baths and still having a...
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    Shook Swarm for EFB

    Reading UK sites, including Dave Cushman, etc., on shook swarm for EFB. Most effective seems to be to shake bees onto clean foundation, withhold feed for first two to three days so bees clear their...
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    Thanks odfrank.
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    Walt, Any additional update on the reoccurrence of EFB?
    I realize your OP was last year, and this is an old thread, but will add my 2 cents. I had EFB last season from a purchased spilt. Requeened...
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    This could start going off topic, but is mite related...

    I'm still feeling my way through drone/drone production. I let them draw(pull) some foundationless for each hive, usually it end up drone...
  15. Thread: Mite ID

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    Re: Mite ID

    I know, thanks. I'm curious about the appendage that appears to be coming out of the mite in the photo
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    I put formic on them yesterday. I think it's a goner (right before blackberry flow!), but we'll see.

    Hope other newbs can use it as a lesson. It's been common practice in my area, talking to...
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    You guys are gonna tear me up. :)

    This is an example of almost everything bad in a colony ! Hadn't noticed the K wing. There was a few, but not as many as I expected, with deformed wing as well.
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  18. Thread: Mite ID

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    Mite ID

    http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t445/rsjohnson2u/IMG_1146_zpsj3sjweif.jpg

    Is that the mite's "snorkel" visible against the capping, used to breathe while hidden in royal jelly?
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t445/rsjohnson2u/IMG_1147_zps7342pili.jpg

    Discolored larvae and mites

    Sample frame sent to Beltsville May 19
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t445/rsjohnson2u/IMG_1154_zpssyt7l44n.jpg

    Same hive as above.

    Mites on all over capped brood
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t445/rsjohnson2u/IMG_1145_zpshyfc9mj4.jpg

    EFB secondary infection or PMS ?

    This hive is not in the same outyard that suffered EFB last April/May, nor was...
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    Re: Scouting vs Robbing

    Thanks. Behavior was much different today. Single scouts going in the entrance, leaving a few seconds later. I'm guessing the fresh lemongrass was a little powerful the first day, triggering...
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    Re: Becoming pollen bound during dearth

    Blackberries are just starting. Many are supered or supering this week. The hives in my suburban backyard are dry of open nectar and feeding on capped honey. In the woods, there is some open nectar,...
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    I thought PMS could show damaged larvae as well. Secondary viruses or not enough healthy nurse bees to feed/cover/remove larvae. Don't know for sure.
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    I'll go back in today. This is not the same hive, and is in a different apiary, no exchange of contaminated frames, although it's possible hive tool was contaminated. I try to use a yellow one on the...
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