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  1. Thread: Ant control

    by summer1052
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    Re: Ant control

    Well, my experience varies a bit, and only julysun probably can come close as s/he is actually within 100 miles of me. :)

    My particular problem is with Fire Ants, and they are here on this...
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    Re: Lesser Wax Moths

    Wax moths are evil. Here in south TX, we measure freezes in hours, not months. I don't count on *ANYTHING* going dormant.

    I try to store drawn frames in the freezer if I can. I also store...
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    Re: Fireproofing Hives

    I would also be very cautious about heavy mulches! In my experience, that provided the perfect environment for SHB! :doh: And some mulches burn . . .

    I'm thinking a dual-phase force field with...
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    Poll: Re: To smoke, or not to smoke...

    I am a bit puzzled by this post. I am one of the people who assumes "Since most beekeepers since the beginning of time have used smoke, I should rely on their wisdom and use smoke, too."

    As for...
  5. Thread: Wax Moths

    by summer1052
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    Re: Wax Moths

    It all depends on where you live. I *have* seen moths take down very strong hives *in under two weeks*. Numbers, numbers, numbers. I've also seen Fire Ants do it in seven days.

    Where I live,...
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    Re: SHB Abilene Texas

    Professor --
    SHB are a problem in Texas, period. Do not believe the stuff about humidity. They are opportunistic beggars of uncertain parentage. SHB eggs will not dry out in the hive in my...
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    Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Joseph --

    THANK you!! :gh:

    I was getting tired of being told my hives just weren't strong enough. Since one hive is notably cranky and obviously AHB tainted, (tho incredibly productive) and...
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    Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Okay, and now for a totally different point of view.

    Where I live in south TX, WM are one of my 2 biggest problems. Varrora are not an issue for ME, but WM are. They don't go dormant here, and...
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    Re: Wax moth or small hive beetle larvae?

    SHB larvae are smaller and thinner than WM, by about half. 0.5" vs. 1"+. In addition, a WM infestation leaves web all over the inside of the hive.

    Good luck!

    Summer
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    Re: Cooling the hive

    Even in a gawd-awful south TX summer, my bees do better in full sun, rather than partial sun. SBB just made a freeway for the SHBs/WMs/and fire ants to walk in, plus the girls went propolis crazy. ...
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    Re: Really need some feed back please

    Nanook --

    Have a crush on Mr. Leroy Jethro Gibbs. DH says if he ever asks, I get to leave home, no questions asked. My fingers are crossed . . . But DH says he's not worried. :lpf:
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    Re: Really need some feed back please

    I have to say that I truly don't believe that a strong enough hive can guard against wax moths, if . . .

    I have LOTS of moths in my area, and they do not go dormant in this climate. I have one...
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    Re: One liners....

    OK, sqkcrk. This one's for you, my friend. :D

    Q: How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?
    A: No one knows; it's never been done.

    Luv & Kissies,
    Summer :p ;) :gh:
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    Re: How Much Is Your Apiary Worth$?

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  15. Re: Why is my beekeeping experience so different?

    I think beekeeping, and most ag, is much more localized than it used to be, which is kind of odd since so much is now commercialized.

    Wax moths are a huge problem for me, partly because they don't...
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    Re: How Much Is Your Apiary Worth$?

    Sorry, Ace -- I didn't quite understand your response. If by verbiage, you mean that I write in complete sentences, using effective grammar and spelling, why, yes I do.

    Now that I've given you...
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    Re: How Much Is Your Apiary Worth$?

    Well, I would calculate what would it cost me to start over if: A hurricane/tornado leveled it; It burned down; flooded and washed away; someone stole every blessed thing.

    I already have a $400...
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    Re: planting buckwheat in a drought

    Buckwheat needs rain. Everything I've planted during drought (3 previous years in TX) or dry, without timely rain, died. Period. They are a good bee plant IF you have enough moisture.

    Good luck,...
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    Re: Need Help With Africanized Bees!!!

    Rafael, mi amigo;

    I am very glad your bees will let you walk through your yard without a veil! But you also made my point. As beekeepers, we need to be careful saying general things like, "that...
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    Re: Need Help With Africanized Bees!!!

    AJ, I believe you when you say you have pretty hot bees! I have been asked numerous times, "how will I know if the bees are really AHBs (or, ' really hot' ?)"

    My answer has always been, "I have...
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    Re: Need Help With Africanized Bees!!!

    Let me say first, I live in south TX with AHBs both hot and mild. Like the salsa and chile peppers. Most of my hives are low key, one is really hot, but wildly productive, so I leave them alone and...
  22. Re: Absence of honey bees at garden centers...??

    Two main issues here:

    1.) Cides, aka herbicides and pesticides.

    2.) Most (unless it's a "native" nursery) plant centers are geared to planting the "latest and greatest" hybrids and GMOs. The...
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    Re: Talking to bees?

    Hey, Phoenix! Always nice to see another Texan on the Forums.

    Yes, we almost all talk to our bees.

    We almost all talk to ourselves.

    We all are some degree of crazy.

    DH whistles to the...
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    Re: 3M Wax triggers bee

    Perhaps you should contact 3M and make them aware that you have it on good authority that beeswax should be added to their product to make work better. :D

    Summer
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    Re: Bee Suit Veil

    All my attempts at growing a beard have failed. DH says it has some correlation to my bra size. Go figure. :D

    I have been trying for three years to contact Magnet man and ask if he would make...
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