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    Re: Ants: Cinnamon and Mineral Oil

    I had ants in the house a few months ago. I put out diatomacious earth and within 3 days they were gone and haven't returned. I would use it surrounding the hives on the ground. Water renders it...
  2. Thread: Red Cedar Flow

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    Re: Red Cedar Flow

    Honeydew is the sweet sap/nectar that plants exude to attract insects. Also aphids exude it as a reward for ants that way they get moved around to fresh plants. Think of it as get along little doggy.
  3. Re: How much labour for beekeeping in the tropics?

    Sounds like a salesman.

    You need to do weekly inspections at the least. Then adding honey supers when your colonies are at the size you need them. I'm in a temperate climate and the bees hibernate...
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    Re: Initial Supplies

    Start out with foundation the first year. Next year you can add in foundationless alternating F FL F FL F FL F FL. I add in foundationless this way, otherwise they draw comb where ever THEY want. ...
  5. Re: Very Very New and Need LOTS of Guidance and Support (Buyer beware LOL)

    Welcome alwcm4, This is a good place to start to pick up the jargon of bee speak. Columbia has a bee club and that may also be a good place to find a mentor. It's Boone County Bee keepers. They have...
  6. Re: Very Very New and Need LOTS of Guidance and Support (Buyer beware LOL)

    Welcome alwcm4, This is a good place to start to pick up the jargon of bee speak. Columbia has a bee club and that may also be a good place to find a mentor. It's Boone County Bee keepers. They have...
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    Re: Anyone know what tree this is?

    That looks a lot like GoldenRain or Koelreuteria Paniculata. Sunset Western Garden Book list it as OK to grow in you climate zone. Seeings as it was planted by your city or the people who maintain...
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    Re: Do Bees have some form of radar ???

    I think that bees are very inquisitive in general and especially when they are looking for a new home.
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    Re: somthing for newbs. robbing

    I'm in mid Missouri and according to last year the dearth hit the first week in July here. I have 2 small splits and one small swarm that I just put robbing screens on yesterday. Something I read...
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    Re: Question on Harvested Frames

    That question came up yesterday and the response was that was cocoons that made it appear darker.
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    Re: Two small laying worker hives

    Last year I decided to not use frames of bees from strong hives on weak laying worker hives. Now I shake them in front of the stronger queenright hives and distribute the frames in them. I do my...
  12. Thread: Recycling wax

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    Re: Recycling wax

    I used to drop burr comb into the bottom thinking they would recycle or reuse it. Now I just throw it away as they would leave it, well maybe they took any honey out first.
  13. Re: EMERGENCY BEE HELP! THEY THINKING OF SWARMING??????????????????

    I'd say that looks like robbing behavior. Especially since you said they have been there in great numbers. You just split this so they are pretty weak in numbers.I just looked on Pollen.com and saw...
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    Re: Another hive inspection - 06/21/2015

    That colony looks great Steve. Some people get anxious and want all frames filled ASAP. The only thing that you might do is swap the end frames with the frame next to it. That will get them to...
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    Re: Rearranging Comb in the Supers

    Your bees want to expand the brood nest. When you put empty frames in the brood nest it breaks up the nest. At the most I swap the outside frames just past the brood nest. They do need to have a...
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    Re: Queen Cells: Swarming or Dead Queen?

    I just put down Queen Rearing Essentials by Larry Conner. Towards the end of the book he mentioned that towards the end of the flow the queens start to slow down egg production. When that happens the...
  17. Re: How long to keep NUC closed off after trap out?

    That should be no problem for the bees. Is that in full shade? Please make sure the afternoon sun doesn't cook them. Out side temp will be no problem for them. That's where they live.
  18. Thread: Brood Boxes

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    Re: Brood Boxes

    I'm moving to 1 deep and 1 medium for my overwinter configuration. Mid Missouri is pretty close to the south as far as temps go so I know that that gives me plenty of storage for a healthy hive. I...
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    Re: Is this some type of privett?

    That sure looks like a privet. I haven't done plant ID for a few years so I'm kind of rusty. Your picture shows kind of a woodsy setting, are you in the foot hills? If you are close to suburbia or...
  20. Thread: Hive Robbing

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    Re: Hive Robbing

    You can tell the difference between robbing and orientation flights often by the timing. Orientations are often at the same time in the afternoon for mine. Robbing can be any time but the bees...
  21. Thread: Identify tree

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    Re: Identify tree

    You are correct Jefff, Thornless Honey Locust or Gliditsia tricanthos is the Latin name.
  22. Re: Modifying Hive to Promote Heat Tolerance in Full Sun

    I built the modified SBB that Rusty has on his site. It's an enclosed box that holds a tray with oil to help control small hive beetles. There is no way that insects can get into the bottom box and...
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    Re: Hello from a pair of noobs in Portland!

    Welcome, It's good that you're reaching out to locals. Join a bee club, you'll get all kinds of advice. My advice is buy a queen. Plenty available now install her and let her work.
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    Re: New to grafting...more questions!

    Wish I could help with a reply about the grafting. I haven't done it yet so no help there.

    The reason I'm replying is to your second post. My wife liked to "mow the lawn" on our riding mower. ...
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    Re: Hello from South MS

    You still have time to start this year. Buy a full colony, buy a nuc or even buy a package. No time like the present.

    I started out to have my garden pollinated but I was disappointed when they...
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