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    Swarm Wax Drawing

    So, caught the first swarm of the year on June 30, (in a trap), and would like to maximize the number of drawn frames I get, as I found myself short on drawn comb this season.
    Any advice on how to...
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    Re: How long does EFB survive

    Months, at least. Although many may argue otherwise, my experience: I gave drawn/pulled comb to three new packages this spring that had been stored since last fall, and all three showed spotty and...
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    I sent the entire frame in a flat rate box. If you are using wax or no foundation, you send a 2" X 2" piece (at minimum).

    There is no charge other than postage. Average response time is 10-14...
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    Re: Beltsville Turnaround Time

    Mites under control. After MAQS followed by OAV. The queen survived MAQS, but shut down, so gave them a one time shot of OAV. As you know from other threads, jw, I've been fighting EFB for two...
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    Re: Beltsville Turnaround Time

    Yep, missed it the first of the month-probably went into spam folder. One frame "no disease found" (I was sure it had EFB), and the frame that had visible mites WAS positive for EFB.
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    Re: Mite crash before Main Flow

    Update. Finally got results From Beltsville. Their email must have gone into my spam folder a month ago.
    The frame in the photos with the mites (see above) tested positive for EFB. No mention was...
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    Re: Beltsville Turnaround Time

    Must have missed it into my spam folder. Emailed them this AM. I submitted two entire frames on plastic foundation. Brood, of course. I selected two without much visible honey, but maybe there was...
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    Re: colony killing queen to fight efb?

    Feel your pain, Gypsi. I had similar happen. Took frames from a hive that wasn't showing symptoms that had been placed in a yard with a hive that had EFB last year. The donor hive got EFB by robbing...
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    Beltsville Turnaround Time

    Anyone aware of the current response time from Beltsville? It's been over four weeks since I sent two samples for EFB/PMS testing. Normally, 10-14 days. I'm sure they're busy this time of year....
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    Re: Honey In The Brood Nest

    Interesting. And if there are no eggs? I'm experiencing the same thing (without the swarm). Seven or eight destroyed (opened from the side) queen cells that look like emergency queen cells, and one...
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    Question About Swarm Calls

    So, I'm on the local bee club's swarm list, along with 20 other people. Lately, when someone has a swarm they want collected, they call about half the people on the list (generally those closest...
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    Re: Super between two drawn deeps?

    Thanks Walt.
    Yes, you are correct about main flow here.There was a thread this spring with Janet in British Columbia about your nectar management in our area. Other than those micro areas that have...
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    Re: Super between two drawn deeps?

    Walt, what temperatures do you consider warm enough to split brood? I'm near the water where high temps are rarely above the mid seventies, but long stretches of 62-72 are normal, with nighttime lows...
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    Re: A Tale of Two Hives - Tacoma, WA

    That's no lie, especially if we don't get rain ! Blackberries already seem to be drying up.
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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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