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  1. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

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    So here's a conversation with someone today via email who needed a bee removal.

    Them:

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    Them:
  2. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    FWIW, I didn't charge the 97 year-old lady. The reason? I was talking to the head maintenance guy of the mobile home park when I picked up the bees at dusk from her home. I told him about the...
  3. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

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    You know, I'm not even so much worried about the money in this particular situation. I'm just concerned about the expectancy of most potential customers that we somehow work for free.

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  4. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you feel my (our) pain.

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  5. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    Well, she's 97 (yeah, so sue me....hey, I gave her a discount - two-for-one). I figure she's good on her word. But she (as most other people) have no clue what's involved with what we all do here....
  6. Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

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    So APPARENTLY, multitudes of people have gotten some sort of memo that these bees are "worth something", and that honey is "worth something".

    They somehow think they are doing you a favor by...
  7. Swarm Removal from Pepperidge Farm Roof - - (VIDEO)

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    Here's a swarm removal from the roof of Pepperidge Farm Bakery here in Lakeland, FL.

    I'm the one in the white bee suit.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC9EARyZQiU
  8. Re: Removal using top bar hives - rainy conditions made nightmare at end

    Thanks for commenting, Santa Caras.

    Yes, such a beautiful and healthy hive.

    I didn't see the queen because I didn't have a chance to look for her yet - especially because the rain threw me for...
  9. Removal using top bar hives - rainy conditions made nightmare at end

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    So I think I learned my lesson: Do NOT do removals in Florida in the late afternoon any longer during the summer.



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XGtXW9oJUA&list=UUmF1ihku292_i3ym-PF5nkg
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    Re: Barrel Top Bar Hive Inspection

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jypu0jPvYjI&list=UUmF1ihku292_i3ym-PF5nkg

    http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss99/LakelandRainBarrels/Bee%20keeping/Beestand3_zps47fa48be.jpg
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    Re: Barrel Top Bar Hive Inspection

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwDA_wSbHDQ&list=UUmF1ihku292_i3ym-PF5nkg
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    Re: Barrel Top Bar Hive Inspection

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf4nGQYYXi4&list=UUmF1ihku292_i3ym-PF5nkg
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    Re: Barrel Top Bar Hive Inspection

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    Here are some other videos and photos related to my barrel top bar hives:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImrDXFeZqU8&list=UUmF1ihku292_i3ym-PF5nkg
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    Re: top bar cutouts

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    Here's my Facebook page where I perform numerous cut-outs with top bar hives:

    Patrick - The Honeybee Rescuer

    www.facebook.com/pages/Patrick-The-Honeybee-Rescuer/391885850952455

    And...
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    Barrel Top Bar Hive Inspection

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    Here's an inspection I did on one of my barrel top bar hives earlier in July.

    I haven't inspected these bees for months because I have been out of town. They were very healthy...and with...
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    Re: Haha, I hate trap-outs

    Thanks!
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    Re: Haha, I hate trap-outs

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    I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but what's the best caulk/sealant to use to prevent the bees from gnawing new entrances? The caulk I used almost serves as a ready-made entrance...
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    Re: Haha, I hate trap-outs

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    Cleo,

    Those are all valid questions.

    I was running out of time because we attempted a cut-out first, but the construction of that old house wouldn't allow access to the bees from where we...
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    Haha, I hate trap-outs

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    Here's a trap-out I have going at the moment in Sanford, FL.

    It was tough getting this one up-and-running for several different reasons. Anyhow, enjoy the video:
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  20. Re: Does anyone have any of these laying around? Would make great top bar hives

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    What's the big deal?

    We have what's known as a 'coffin hive'.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesterms.htm

    A coffin is about deathly as one can get, so I'm not sure why an iron lung would be...
  21. Re: Does anyone have any of these laying around? Would make great top bar hives

    Hey, but this is about making a negative into a positive.

    Surely there must be millions and millions of those things laying around as bad as the polio epidemic was - right?
  22. Does anyone have any of these laying around? Would make great top bar hives

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    You know how we have a recycling and re-purpose craze going on now?

    I would love to round up some of these and re-purpose them into top bar hives.

    Look, they already have viewing windows...
  23. Re: Scheduled first inspection -- inspectors aren't allowed to handle the TBH hive!?

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    They may also try to get you to re-queen if you have any feral queens from cut-outs.

    Don't let them pressure you into doing this. They can't legally make anyone do it unless
    it's a very...
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    Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!

    Yes, that too.

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    Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!

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    I'm gonna step on some toes here, but I refuse to ever build a top bar hive with a screened-bottom because of absconding problems I've heard about as a result. I've even built a screened-bottom...
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