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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    I have only used three types of treatment: ApiGuard, MiteAway Quick Strips and (just yesterday for the first time), OAV.

    ApiGuard (a commerical preparation/concentrated form of thymol) is a 28-day...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    Re-sticky board at once and check it every 24 hours. I have sticky-boarded almost constantly for more than a year (yes even in the winter, too!) and have had days, or even a day or two, when there...
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    Re: Questions about OAV procedure

    Well, OK, so if the vaporizers are (quote) "meant only for (at most) a gram at a time", which is the dose for only (at most) two brood (or other boxes), that would imply that the OAV is optimally...
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    Re: Questions about OAV procedure

    OK, if a teaspoon is too much, but then why did three-quarters of a teaspoon work OK, while the half teaspoon treatment produce "snow"? That doesn't make sense to me.

    And I have to use at least...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Well, now, there you go!

    If a hive is particularly well-insulated (therefore with much less thermal loss) then the bees are effectively living as if in a warmer climate and therefore, need less...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I have no idea (because it was my first winter - and a weird, long, cold one, as well) if my brooding started early and was large. I know I was shocked, and a little appalled, to discover that they...
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    Re: Questions about OAV procedure

    Frank,

    Thanks for quick the reply!

    I wondered about the pan size on the full teaspoon dose, but then I also had the problem with a half-tsp, but not with the earlier, three-quarter teaspoon...
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    Re: What respirator to use for OAV?

    I puzzled on this, as well. But in the end I selected the one that handles organic vapor AND acid gas, plus some particulates, though that's not needed for OAV. (The information in the package...
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    Questions about OAV procedure

    After having done two disappointing rounds of MAQS since August (no apparent damage to queens or brood, fortunately, but modest and only short-lived results on the mites), I decided to try a series...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I live in very cold climate; not Alberta, Canada or International Falls, MN to be sure, but Z-4 can't be considered balmy.

    I also had well-insulated hives (inside and outside of the box) and used...
  11. Re: Treated with MAQS, mite count still high, now what?

    Mary Beth,

    I'm up north of Albany and have had nearly the same experience with the MAQS treatment this year.

    Two strips (correctly placed) on Aug 1. Modest mite drop during and sortly...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    I never imagined that there were so many tween girl beekeepers posting here on Beesource, complete with all their typical cliques and cattiness.


    Enj.
  13. Thread: feral hives

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    Re: feral hives

    All three of my original colonies were from feral swarms.

    I had ferals living in my barns walls for two decades until 2013.

    I know of several (more than 5) currently active feral colonies with...
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    Re: Follower boards to reduce 10 frame hive

    Coldfeet,

    Are you in eastern NY (Capital District?).

    Wood follower boards and styrofoam panels outboard of that is what I did for my small colonies last winter.

    I also had exterior foam...
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    Re: Advice on first setup...

    I'll single out one corner of what you propose (beekeeping is a BIG subject!): the eyelets for ratchet straps.

    I'm in (relatively) tornado- and high wind- free upstate NY. My hives are up on a 20"...
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    Re: Long term pollination for remote areas

    Not sure what intending that there's "no honey for human consumption" has to do with not needing varroa treatments, or not. Whether you take honey for yourself, or not, has no bearing on whether the...
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    Re: A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    Do you own the fields across the street? If not, it might not be a good idea to overseed with anything the owner/farmer had not planted intentionally. Some plants that may be flowers for bees might...
  18. Re: Wintering a double medium nuc, insulate, ventilate?

    I am north of Albany, NY., so colder than you.

    Last winter (my first with bees, so keep that in mind) I had a severely undersized colony (operator error had killed a lot of bees in Sept.) This...
  19. Re: Wintering a double medium nuc, insulate, ventilate?

    I am north of Albany, NY., so colder than you.

    Last winter (my first with bees, so keep that in mind) I had a severely undersized colony (operator error had killed a lot of bees in Sept.) This...
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    Thanks for explanation, but I have never seen a mite on a live bee. And I look closely at my bees a great deal, including looking at photos of my bees at good magnification.

    I would easily...
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    Re: Survey for science fair

    Mark,

    Of course I can - and did - do the math for the survey's purposes (with explanations along with my numbers). I was just pointing out that the most common number of bees in the half-cup...
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    Re: Slatted Racks?

    I bought them but I also use constant natural mite drop counts and the slats never fell exactly under the seams so they messed up my counts.

    Now I just use them to set brood boxes and supers down...
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    Re: Survey for science fair

    Done!

    There was one point of confusion, though. I usually confirm the need to treat by doing sugar rolls where I use a half-cup sample which contains approximately 300 bees. Some authorities use...
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    Re: Robbed Hive after MiteAway

    No, I don't remove my honey supers before treating as I don't do honey, but even if I did, you don't have to. I'm not familiar with instructions on the MAQS label regarding QE.

    I just burrowed...
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    Re: Robbed Hive after MiteAway

    Well, the robbing could well have happened after the hive died. MAQS doesn't create robbing.

    I am shocked and disturbed by your report. I used MAQS twice this year (Aug 1 and Sept 15), with no...
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