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    Re: Trap out from under a shed

    I just stuck a long wrecking bar under the sill plate, set up an advantageous lever with a rock and stepped on the end of the bar, when I got 6 inches, I stuck a block of wood in the gap. (Caveman...
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    Re: Urgent...advice required ASAP

    go buy a cheap plastic tarp. drag it over the ceiling. Bees will fly out the door on their own.
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    Re: Trap out from under a shed

    I just did a removal on a hive under a shed where I temporarily jacked the shed up from one corner, tipping it a bit. Was easy to vacuum and cut comb with the access. Comb under the floor was very...
  4. Re: Reoccurring robbing! How can I prevent it.

    For the umpty-umpth time: honey has a low ph because fructose has loosely bound hydrogen ions. The ions flow in and out of solution (pk activity), only when crystallized is the structure of fructose...
  5. Re: Reoccurring robbing! How can I prevent it.

    1, Move the hives to a new apiary. Once robbing is "learned" it is hard to stop with any method.
    2, Reduce the entrance to 1/2" or less.
    3, Change the entrance location -- from top to bottom or...
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    Re: Shelter & insulation

    Michael Palmer post pix of the recessed "bee boles" in the garden wall at the Buckfast Abbey. These pre-date Brother Adam, part of the stonework from before the Dissolution under Henry VIII....
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    Re: Foundationless comb and Aggressive bees

    Bees are lazy. Yes, lazy, but prehaps more accurately, always efficient. They are optimizing energy use in building comb to store winter nectar. The large cells use less very expensive calories...
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    Re: Greenhouse / Bee compatability question

    If there are bee attractive plants and a dearth on, you can end up with thousands trapped and dieing at the top of the greenhouse.

    I was called to consult on this exact situation. Adding top...
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    Re: Combining Nuc with slow hive

    Why is the weak hive weak?
    It is very possible that some acute or chronic disease or condition is affecting it.
    Adding bees into a diseased hive simply expands the problem.
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Very relevant email from Randy O. on Bee-L in a response to Mark B. This exchange grew out of this particular thread.

    Not to add fuel to the fire, but because mediums have only 1/2 the area of a...
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    Re: Correct Identification

    A handout card or easily emailed ID Card solves a lot of issues, use this one, or make your own. Our western yellow jackets seldom cavity nest, so the info may be a bit wrong for the eastern...
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    Re: Pollen on a bee's back...

    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/Honeybeesalvialineart-GoogleSearch-1-2_zpsbabf501b.jpg

    Many flowers have very specific coevolution for pollinators. This image illustrates...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    What I see in the third image is consistent with EFB, and differentially not like Varroa mite syndrome.

    I annotated a detail from the image.
    I see "cream" larvae forming large triangular mummies,...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    Burn the frames.

    The labor required to sterilize nucs (Glacial acetic + Scorching the boxes) isn't worth their value, so burn them too.

    The recurrence on shook swarms is 4% and on TM treated...
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    Yea, what he said.
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    Well I certainly don't. The ability to slide the frames over on the rabbet to gain a little slop is essential to lifting frames without rolling the queen.

    Rolling the queen is the #1 cause of...
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    Re: Identifying little black ants

    There are 700 species of ants in the US.
    Basic Taxonomy here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/165#classification
    The most common small black ant is Monomorium minimum -- and is associated with human...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Tian doesn't specify the mechanism, and it his hypothesis. Yes, he is saying Tylosin was the direct agent inducing CCD. I believe what he means is the normally balanced gut flora was disrupted, and...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Sorry, agree with the other posters. Extractor are not a vector for disease, as honey is pushed away from the comb, the comb will exit the extractor cleaner than it entered.

    The case I am...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    The most explosively significant element of the discussion in the Tian paper is this paragraph:


    In October 2005, Tylosin was approved by the U.S. Food
    and Drug Administration for use in...
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    Re: Does syrup ratio really matter?

    Uhh, a litre of water is definitionally a kilogram. The metric system is convenient that way.

    "The gram was originally defined in 1795 as the mass of one cubic centimeter of water at 4 C, making...
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    Re: Too many bees??

    I give very similar advice. You want to "right size" the nest going into the fall. This lies behind the very heavy (2:1) syrup or mountain camp recommendation -- thin syrup induces brood (just...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Dr. Eric Mussen has retired and has just sent his very last bimonthly newsletter to California beekeepers. (Dr. Mussen was UC Davis' bee entomologist and is at the very heart of California...
  24. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    Less than 20# per hive this year (late April extraction). The May honey has all been eaten, the hives are dry. If you count sugar fed back, I am thoroughly negative. Am used to summer dearth, but...
  25. Re: No Genetic Tradeoffs between Hygienic Behavior and Individual Innate Immunity in

    The study used (10) year-old double deeps and (20) 4-frame nucs. The supplementary material presents the raw data for mite count (using sugar shake) and hygenic impulse (using freeze killed brood)....
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