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  1. Are there any safe carpenter bumble bee repellants avaiable?

    I am a beekeeper and write a national newspaper column on home improvement and conservation. One of my readers contacted me about a problem of the big carpenter bees boring holes in her wood gazebo....
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    Laying pattern for newly mated queen

    I made three splits over one month ago. One of them now has a normal pattern of eggs. The other two have just a few eggs scattered across a frame. The eggs are at the bottom and on end so it is...
  3. Re: Do I need to treat for mites on new hive from a split?

    I have a lot of oxalic acid here for bleaching wood. What concentrate do I mix it and how do I apply it? There is a lot of open and capped brood in the frames that I moved into the splits.
  4. Do I need to treat for mites on new hive from a split?

    I have three hives that made it through winter and there are some mites in the drone brood. I will definitely treat them with Apiguard. I made two splits from each of those hives over the past two...
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    Re: Temperature to open and check for brood

    Andrew,

    It was about 60 degrees when I opened the hive and there were many bees flying today. I wanted to make a split before they planned to swarm. Luckily I found no swarm cells. I got the...
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    Temperature to open and check for brood

    Is 55 degrees on a calm sunny day too cold to open the hive and check frames for eggs and brood?
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    Re: Size of new virgin queen

    There are quite a few drones roaming around in the hives, so I assume they are out flying too. I certainly hope they are flying so the new queens can mate in a couple of days.
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    Re: Size of new virgin queen

    Stan,

    In one of the hives, I found only one opened queen cell and it was opened from the side. Could they have already torn down the first queen cell where she came out the end or should I assume...
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    Size of new virgin queen

    I made several splits about 17 days ago and moved eggs and brood to the new hives. Based upon the timing, the queens should have emerged yesterday. I just checked today and found open queen cells...
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    honey or syrup when splitting a hive?

    I am going to make three splits from three strong hives tomorrow. I have many frames of honey and pollen from hives which froze this winter. If I put several frames of honey and pollen in with the...
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    mildew on frames in my basement

    I stored frames in my basement over winter and there is some white mildew on some of the comb. Will the bees clean that off when I put the frames in this spring or should I trash them and get new...
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    Dead bee location in hive

    I lost three hives in late February after they we flying and seemed healthy on a warm Cincinnati day two weeks before. We had one crazy cold night of minus 12 degrees two weeks after that. When I...
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    Strange swarm on 8/28/14

    I have nine hives in my backyard in Cincinnati, OH. I had a tiny swarm today into a tree. The ball is smaller than a softball. I had a very weak queenless hive, which was robbed two weeks ago, so...
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    Thoughts on which hives get robbed

    I have 10 hives in my backyard. I have two hives which did not have queens. I put frames with eggs in and they both finally ended up making new queens. Once I saw the queen cells, I stopped...
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    How long for new queen to start laying?

    I had moved eggs into a queenless hive and they made queen cells. I checked on Friday and found the new queen. Based on the timing, she probably emerged last Tuesday. I checked the hive today for...
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    Two queens in hive, but no brood - HELP

    I have a very strong hive in Cincinnati from last year which swarmed on May 12. I saw the swarm cells I the a few days before that. I waited until May 26 to check for brood, but found no eggs,...
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    Re: hive bein robbed

    I finally got the robbing stopped. I closed up the front and top entrances completely for two days. I have a screened bottom board and I put a screened vent spacer on top. I squirted water in...
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    I thought if they start making a new queen cell for certain this time, I will destroy that queen cell and install a new queen. I am afraid to install a new queen now because they may just kill her.
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    I put just one frame in with eggs and I checked it thoroughly for queen cells. I made a note of exactly where the queen cell was a week before, but it was gone. If they do not make a new queen from...
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    Bees not making new queen

    One of my hives swarmed in later April. After about five weeks, I still saw no brood. I added a frame with eggs from another hive. After a week, they still had not started making a new queen. I...
  21. Tried to stop robbing for seven days, but the robbers come back

    I have read on Bush's site how to stop robbing. I have tried putting a wet blanket over the hive for two days and blocking the entrance. As soon as I open the front, the robbers are back in a few...
  22. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Those photos on my web site are about six years old. I don't use the bubble wrap method anymore. Sorry about the confusion.
  23. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Greg,

    It is not bubble wrap insulation. I use rigid 3/4-inch urethane foam board with foil facing. I buy the 4x8 ft. sheets at Home Depot or Lowes.
  24. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    Greg,

    I make all my own woodware. I use two 1/4 dia hanger bolts on the front and two on the back of each box. I use 3/4" polyurethane rigid foam insulation with a foil facing. The slot below...
  25. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    My goal with the insulation and ventilation is to minimize condensation in the hive and resultant mold and other issues. That is why I decided to give them fresh water. I used a shallow plastic...
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