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  1. Re: Pick your poison: (1) frostbite; or (2) heatstroke.

    Give me the heat any day!!
    I like shorts, wife beater Tees, and flip flops.
    Just like winter time you just slow up and do what you can and relax.
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    Re: SHB deterent, louvered entrances?

    PM me and I'll show you my design for SBB with oil tray using a .88cents cookie tray from wally world and aluminum #8 screen wire. Had the same problem with rain here between Galveston/Houston.
    I...
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    Re: Homemade/built 8 frame hive

    Nice job!!! Bees will love it!
    What kind of oil tray is that or is it just a clear sheet of plastic ?Bees would love it to be blackened!!
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    Re: SHB deterent, louvered entrances?

    If they aint flying they be crawling.
    Oil bath is the surest kill. Make it easy for them to slid or fall in.
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    Re: New from Cumby, TX

    You have definitely picked a good place to start learning!!
    howdy!!
  6. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    I quit the mite count thingy. Now I treat em like livestock. When you have the OAV and time, treat em.
    Best time is fall and early winter here after the Goldenrod bud. Like Arnie said on the timing....
  7. Re: Wow...I made them mad!....what could I have done differently

    Our area here is just coming out of a dearth. 1 week ago they were PMSin and today completely calm even with rain clouds about and falling barometer.
    Always wear a veil, smoke, and a 1200 to 1600...
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    Re: ethanol in bee shaker

    No way!!
    Use isopropyl and drink that ethanol!!
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    Re: My version of the ant proof hive stand.

    WOW!!
    Nice!!
    Great Craftsman ship also!!!
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    Re: Vicious Girls during the dearth!

    I mean they are mean !! I went to South Texas years back to watch some true Africanized. They aren't like them at all, but they are extremely testy!! My other smaller hives or 1 body nucs are in same...
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    Re: "Storing Wet Frames"??

    I take mine down the road where I know there are no beeks hives nearby and leave them there for a full day.
    Any bees in the area will show and clean them up for ya and will not cause robbing.
    After...
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    Re: Too many SHB...Beetle Baffles not working

    Full sun, window screen in the entrance in form of V and a very reduced entrance just enough for the bees to come and go but keep the SHB from going in if it hot there, don't disturb the hive very...
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    Vicious Girls during the dearth!

    I just tried to do some OTS splits on my 2 mother hives and decided I may not have the 2 best to raise me some new girls.
    They sent the extremists out and were worse than I've seen in a very very...
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    Re: Screen over hole on inner cover

    I use screen door wire and have for years. It keeps SHB out and in the hive so the bees can chase them down to the oil tray where #8 allows the beetles through but not bees.
    I use migratory on top...
  15. Re: The town is spraying for mosquitos! Quick question

    The trucks come by and their shift starts at 1630 hrs. The planes start at daybreak so they can see to fly low and go until 0730hrs. Evening time people are walking,kids outside playing, BarBQing or...
  16. Re: The town is spraying for mosquitos! Quick question

    Here in our county, the sprayers come by without notice. I have some old sheets that I wet down and throw over the hives here at home.
    The aerial sprayers in the planes we can here them coming.
    ...
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    Re: Searching for SHB remedies

    All my colonies are in full sun but I miss the shade, the bees could care less, and I use sulphur and kill the grass down under my home hives.
    Its in mid 90's here now and only gonna get hotter with...
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    Re: Searching for SHB remedies

    Oil tray and screened bottoms is only way to kill as many as you can.
  19. Thread: Hive beetles

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    Re: Hive beetles

    I prefer the more passive oil tray and screened bottom.
    They are terrible right now and the war goes on.
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    Re: screened or solid base

    I live between Houston and Galveston. Its 94 here and we just had a small shower come through.
    Stirred up the colonies nicely. I stay away when conditions are like this as they get like a wild eyed...
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    Re: It's going to get hot

    Here in texas I go to copper screen door wire the whole width of the entrance without an entrance board. A "V" shaped piece slid in the entrance just shy of 3" shorter than the entrance works great....
  22. Re: Should I remove the entrance reducers in this hotter weather?

    I use old copper screen door wire across my hives also with about a 3" opening for exit/entry here in Texas. All my hives are in full sun because of the SHB and the screen also keeps them buggers out...
  23. Re: Photos of USDA based Pol-Line/Carniolan first generation cross

    Wow!
    Those Pol-Line Cross queens are great layers and huge!!
    Great laying patterns.
    Pictures are always great also!!

    Keep posting and you are doing a wonderful job of managing the bees!!
  24. Re: Who uses a vaporizer with oxalic acid as their main treatment practice? Please h

    1) Yes, bar none this method will kill mites with less overall harm to the bees.
    2) No, isolate or remove the supers or treat when there are no flows.
    3) Supposedly there is Oxalic Acid in Honey...
  25. Thread: Bandera, Tx

    by mgstei1
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    Re: Bandera, Tx

    Inspect as often as you can and watch and learn. I treat them as livestock and a new horse or cow and that always means getting used to them and their habits and twerks.

    Don't know your nectar and...
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