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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    Buy victor brand if you can find them. You can also smear peanut butter on the bait trigger then wrap in a small square of old panty hose to make them work a bit more.

    Good hunting!
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    I still recommend putting a mouse trap along with the duct tap. You're going to be heading to the hive to take the tape off anyways, might as well pick off a shrew while you're at it, and the victor...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    You can catch and kill shrews with simple mouse traps (snap type). Baiting with peanut butter works well. They are relatively solitary, but a new one may move in to the territory quickly.
  4. Thread: ABJ Update

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    Re: ABJ Update

    [QUOTE=AHudd;1248462]"In fact, honeybees are not even a “natural” part of the ecosystem in the United States. They were imported from Europe during the 17th century for honey production and crop...
  5. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    I don't see why a dovetail joint would have any problems. It is essentially the same as a finger joint on most standard hives, just cut at a fitted angle to add strength.

    The only problem I would...
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    2 hives and 4 nucs going into fall, 2 hives and 4 nucs survived. Many thanks to my mentor (Dennis Rahn) who gave me 20 deep frames of honey for my nucs!!!!!
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    Converting nuc to deep?

    Currently have two double deeps and 4, 5 frame, double deep nucs I got through the winter (100% winter survival). All the nucs are from a large trap out and using eggs from my first swarm of the...
  8. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    I know this has been their baby, that they have nursed along for ten long years. But unless they want Flow Hive to become their entire life, I would not be surprised if this invention, the patent,...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    The Copperhead is a species of concern in NJ, so it is rare. The timber rattler is endangered which means even biologists may spend a lifetime without seeing one.

    Snake Away's active ingredient...
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    Re: Bees like to watch baseball

    That's why I do have insurance, workers comp, and have been vaccinated with a rabies pre-exposure shots.

    If I had been bitten it would have been "off with his head" to go to the State Lab for...
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    Re: Bees like to watch baseball

    I rarely remove swarms for free, but then again, I own a nuisance wildlife removal business.

    Most of you are correct in that any "large" business or governmental entity will require insurance. ...
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    Actual temp at 7:47 am today -24F wind chill -35F. I think the previous record low was -5F.

    Pretty darn cold for Central Ohio!!!!!

    And I forgot to plug in my F250:ws:
  13. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    This could no doubt be a game changer for smaller operators.

    If it becomes a standard practice in honey production, I am sure the wax market will be effected!!! Might have trouble getting...
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    Re: Location Saturation Question

    I understand carrying capacity as it applies to wildlife management but my relative "newbee" status led me to ask this question about saturation here on Beesource. I was hoping for some general...
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    Re: Location Saturation Question

    Cabin - It is a relatively rural area with row crops and mixed hardwood stands. A riparian corridor (river) runs north and south less than 1/4 mile west of my place. There are also quite a few 5-6...
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    Location Saturation Question

    I am in central Ohio so if you're in Texas or California, you may not be able to answer this question so here is the situation.

    I have two double deeps and four nucs coming through winter, from...
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    Re: Angies List question

    I service Angie's List original home town (Columbus OH). It was fantastic when Angie owned it. Since she sold the company it has become all about making $ for Angie's List. Not that that is an...
  18. Re: Ask This Old House now instructs beekeepers?

    Don't get too upset!!!!

    Even though this is PBS and supposed to be educational, rarely can a show, even one as good as This Old House, put together a truly educational segment in one hour. Keep...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    You caught my interest!!!

    What do you use them for, feeding? Do they have other uses too?
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    YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    Yes, I am still new to beekeeping after a 30 year hiatus of keeping two hives while in high school in the late 70's. I currently have two double deeps and four 5 over 5 nucs (all swarm and cutout...
  21. Re: Bio Control of Varroa by saturating female sex pheromone

    Very interesting concept.

    This process has been used successfully in the Eastern US and Canada for Gypsy Moth control. However, gypsy moths have one breeding window per year and varroa breed...
  22. Re: Going to plead my case at the NPMA in Orlando

    Charlie,

    Thanks!!!! I might get to see you there and will definitely attend your presentation if I am able to come.
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    Re: Non Bee Keeper Question

    If you can locate the nest and it is in the ground, just put a powder insecticide like sevin in it. May have to treat more than once but it will do the job. I have taken care of three nests around...
  24. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    Jackam is right.

    I too do Nuisance Wildlife Control for a living.

    MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR STATE LAWS. If you are using products as animal repellents (or to kill them), that are not...
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    Re: Late trap out Q's

    Thank you for your replies and advice.

    The homeowner says the hive has been there for 3-4 years, so I think this might be stock worth saving.

    We discussed the situation and I offered them a...
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