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    colony numbers

    Can any one direct me to site that shows the number of bee colonies over the years. I see posts about the number of colonies being down and then I see ones about the number of colonies are at a new...
  2. Re: attaching a trap out to a concrete block wall

    Tap Cons are the way to go. buy the ones with hex heads so you can use a rachet. the ones with phillips heads are a super pain. we make a L shaped bracket out of 2x4 then screw the nuc to the...
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    Re: Hello from Pinellas County, FL!

    Always glad to have another beek here in Pinellas. Google Pinellas county beekeepers or pm me and I will send you the link. For one of the most populated counties in Florida there are a lot of...
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    Re: Varroa Tolerant Queen Breeders for 2015

    Unless you live in an area with no other beekeepers and no feral bees you probably are out crossing most of the time. Drone aggregation areas bring in drones from a wide swath. Even if you flood an...
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    Re: SHB questions

    Central and South Florida are hive beetle Central. Since we never have much cold weather we have hive beetle issues all year. A few things to add to above. 1. keep your hives in full sun. The...
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    Re: Strain of B.T. toxic to Varroa isolated

    While mites reproduce every few weeks they do not produce much genetic diversity since mating is frequently brother sister. Bees on the other hand may only reproduce (swarm) once or twice a year but...
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    Re: Strain of B.T. toxic to Varroa isolated

    It sounds like a great idea. But--with less than a 100% kill rate that means there are survivors. Are they survivors because they did not contact the B.t. or did they survive the exposure? If they...
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    Re: 2015 YTD Sting Count

    We do a lot of cut outs and the wife does the cutting while I am putting comb in the frames with rubber bands. I just can't do it with gloves so I usually get stung a few times every job. So I...
  9. Re: Colony Relocation, Dead Tree... ideas/suggestions etc...

    We have done a few trees in our bee removal business. Our best luck is when we can open the tree up and do a regular cut out. Next best choice is control the cuts and the tree so that the section...
  10. Re: Tree cut down - log with bees now in back yard

    We do removals in st. Pete (fl) last year we got a call from one of the local parks. A large oak limb that went right across the top a a swing set was loaded with bees. We coordinated with the park...
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    Re: What to do with this box full of bees?

    One thing to remember is bigger hives are generally a more aggressive that smaller hives especially Africanized bees. We have helped requeen several very aggressive hives. The older bees (the...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    One thing with all bee vacs is that the bees are not crammed on top of one another and that they have a fairly soft landing when they enter the box. We have built several and they all have...
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    Re: Is there a bad time to capture a hive?

    Here in Florida we don't have the wintering problems you do. I would wait until spring. The population will be at its lowest so it will be easier to work. Use this time to build or buy a bee vac and...
  14. Re: Gotta vent about customers' expectations of charges

    About half the calls I get are people who think that I will come spend two or three hours sweating my tail off for free. I explain to them that I can make another hive for a lot less effort and not...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    We have done all sorts of boxes, flower pots etc. Before we had the bee vac we would cut out the comb and put it in a nuc and get as many bees into the nuc as we could by scooping with a piece of...
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    Re: How many of you lose hives to ants?

    I might point out that only a few ounces of used motor oil can contaminate a large volume of water. It is highly illegal to dump used motor oil on the ground. Yes I know that leaking cars dump a lot...
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    Re: How many of you lose hives to ants?

    The first year we had bees we had an ant problem with very small red ants. I don't think they were fire ants. Anyway the first thing we tried was putting the legs of the stand in pans and filling the...
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    Re: Bees in a water meter box.

    In Florida we don't worry too much about winter. you have still got 4 good months to build out. Jwchesnut's warning about Africanized bees is accurate. Bees in water meters have a high chance of...
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    Re: Cut out Question

    I have posted before about the vac I built. Hopefully I will figure out how to post pictures soon. I built a box the size of a deep hive. I put a groove the width of a saw kerf (1/8 inch) around...
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    I was under the impression that soffits were there to provide secure ventilation to the attic. However you might be right. Our house was built in 1923 and there ar no soffits except at the front of...
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    I would certainly agree that poor workmanship is a major cause of bees getting into structures. Here in Florida traditional plywood soffits have been replaced with perforated aluminum sheeting that...
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    I never thought a discussion of cut outs could get so rough. When we were learning we did several removals for free to get experience. We loved the rush so we started doing more but charging for it ....
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    Re: A whopper of a cut-out!!!

    Why? I can see not feeding it to your bees might be spores of afb etc. but if it has not been sprayed I see nothing wrong with consuming it. We usually separate the honey comb from the brood then...
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    Re: Good feature of a Bushkill vac

    We have built and tried a number of designs. The ones with the vac as part of the box were heavy and a real pain up on a ladder. I finally have a design that works well, can be carried up a ladder,...
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    Re: Bee Old Wive's Tales

    When I was ten We had a swarm come flying by the back yard. I had heard the beating on a pan theory so I grabbed a galvanized tub and a metal spoon and started beating on it. I bet I chased those...
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