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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Putting an oil pan under the screened bottom board is not considered a treatment--even here--and that's all it takes to keep them under good enough control that the bees can deal with them.

    FWIW
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    Here is a recent thread started by Jim Lyon about what makes a nuc. It's many pages long but well worth the read!

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Wax Moth Question

    There is a BIG difference between Bt and BtA. The first is a pretty generic version (usually BtK) but the 2nd is the formulation specifically for bee hives. I have used it directly in occupied...
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    Re: Why Would They Do This?!?

    That's not quite the same thing as 10 frames pushed tightly together. They did not like the foundation so they built their own. Once in awhile I get one like that and I generally pull that...
  5. Re: Putting hive in pasture with a horse

    Also make sure your bees have their own source of water so they do not take over the horse's water tank. Once a horse has been stung a few times at the water, they often avoid it. Summer is just...
  6. Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    VSH = Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. VP is just the name of the apiary owned by Adam Finkelstein and his partner. They use instrumental insemination to produce "breeder queens". Adam has posted on here...
  7. Re: What do you feed a cell building colony?

    Because of SHBs, feeding cell starters is a little more difficult in Florida than a lot of the rest of the country. They will infest pollen patties and can overrun your starter. To avoid this, I...
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    Re: SHB Trap?

    I change my oil about once a season, but I use about 2 pts per bottom trap.

    HTH

    Rusty
  9. Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Go to http://www.vpqueenbees.com/referral.html for a list of people who use VP Queens' II queens to make F1 queens that they then sell.

    HTH


    Rusty
  10. Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Did you start with commercial packages? Have you requeened with survivor/resistant stock? Commercial bees make great honey but they have been treated for generations and it is not logical to expect...
  11. Re: Minerai oil vapor treatment for mites.

    No, oils are not the answer. Try oxalic acid. Look up member snl, as he sells the vaporizing units and has tons of good, accurate information on OAV. Also read http://scientificbeekeeping.com/ for...
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    Re: Can't upload photos?

    What size images? There are size restrictions, so if they are too large, that could be one reason they are not loading. Also make sure your settings allow images. Go to Settings/General Settings...
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    Re: Small Hive beetle Screen bottom

    I've never tried Chrome. Maybe it's time to experiment!

    :D

    Rusty
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    Re: Small Hive beetle Screen bottom

    Unfortunately, I'm not a programmer. When I try them (I use Firefox) they all work. When I try from google. They work, too. I don't have IE, so I cannot try them from there. I am so sorry, but I...
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    Re: Small Hive beetle Screen bottom

    LOL That is why I use screened inner covers! I can pop the top any time without bothering the bees and get my "fix" or check out their progress.

    :D

    Rusty
  16. Re: Bees Building Comb Between the Frames

    Because the cells are not in the plastic and only in the wax, the bees often peel off the wax and reuse it someplace else. Once the wax is gone from the plastic, they never use that spot again. I...
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    Re: Lost first hive to SMB

    I'm in Alabama, too, and what I have found is that without traps under the splits, the beetles multiply too fast for the splits to control. Also, I cannot feed a split any pollen sub as a patty...
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    Re: Small Hive beetle Screen bottom

    Try rustysbees.com/ipm.html

    If that does not work for you, go to rustysbees.com and on the left side there are a bunch of links. The IPM board link is there.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Small Hive beetle Screen bottom

    I use 1/8" wire in mine. You can see my plans here. These are for a 10-frame hive and I use aluminum throw-away pans. So far the pans have lasted several seasons.

    HTH

    Rusty
  20. Re: Is anyone feeding pollen sub in syrup to cell starters?

    Yes, I have. I tried several different subs but the only one I found that would stay reasonably well mixed was MegaBee--but only in heavy syrup. I also feed it in the fall when I'm getting the...
  21. Re: ?'s for beekeeper in the the south

    My wind break is based on where storms come from. Some of those spring storms can be fierce and the break sure does help. Also my entrances face in the opposite direction from it.

    I keep my...
  22. Re: How to vacuum seal mason jars without heat?

    Just so you know....Honey doesn't spoil, so there is no need to seal the jars.

    Rusty
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    Re: Entrance reducer removal

    oh absolutely! But what has that to do with when to remove entrance reducers?

    Rusty
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    Re: Entrance reducer removal

    Logical for your location, but the OP is in Florida. I started the practice of never using reducers when I was in Florida and have pretty much continued it here in Alabama successfully.

    JMO
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  25. Re: First time beekeeper. I'm bringing home two Nuc's. What's the first step?

    You're right. That's what I get for relying on my memory (LOL I haven't got one anymore)!

    Here is the queen calendar I actually follow:

    Queen Rearing Calendar

    Day 1 – The egg is laid
    Day...
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