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  1. Re: oxalic acid vapperizing and not sealing the enterence for the proper time doratio

    I don't seal, I just wait until the vapor is coming out the top entrance and move on.
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Just starting here. And Japanese bamboo is close to starting. Purple loosestrife in full bloom.
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    Depends on location and how many hives in close proximity. And each year is different. No way to estimate.
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    Re: When and how much to feed, central MA

    purple loosestrife is in full bloom and there seems to be much more around this year [maybe the cold winter killed the bugs that attack it]. Goldenrod is just blooming and Japanese bamboo is budded....
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    Re: Combining Hives

    If there is a flow I don't bother with the newspaper. I just combined 2 weak nucs this afternoon, just put on on top of the other. Bees will sort it out.
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    Re: Is CCD still alive and well?

    Thanks Pete. I felt the question was rhetorical. He should know the symptoms well.
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    Re: Is CCD still alive and well?

    None were diagnosed with CCD to my knowledge. Everyone is now blaming neonics.
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    Re: Is CCD still alive and well?

    My understanding is there has not been a verified case of CCD in the last year.
  9. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    So use OA vapor or amitraz if you want to save the hive. Treatment needs to be ASAP so the bees can raise healthy winter bees.
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    Re: Saw a varroa mite for the first time

    grease patties are useless for varroa, only good for tracheal mites - which are seldom a problem anymore. Those oils have not been proven to retard varroa growth and will definitely not rid the hive...
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    Re: Saw a varroa mite for the first time

    I don't trust natural mite drops. I feel that alcohol washes are much more accurate, particularly if the bees come from open brood. When I see mites on a bee I'm pretty sure that hive has a heavy...
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    my experience that the nucs need treatment if they are made from hives with a high varroa count. I treat them all anyway because I've come to the conclusion that the virus issues are more deadly than...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: winter bee storage

    In my studies, cooling is more important than heating. You need to keep it under 40 most of the time. If it gets colder than 30 it's not a serious problem.
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    i use 2 vaporizers when treating my yards. I spend less than 2 minutes per hive. I don't block the entrance or bother with sealing the hive. I put one in a hive, load the other one, by that time the...
  16. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    It's not necessarily the mites but the virus they vector. I have come to believe that in my area virus issues are significant and I treat each fall no matter the mite count. I treat in the spring...
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    Re: Percent of Honey to Harvest

    I take most of it and feed syrup and then sugar patties or fondant. I get better survival with this system and the honey is worth much more than the syrup.
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    Re: Where to buy honey in MA?

    Should have some in a couple of weeks...
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    Re: Can feeding fondant cause robbing?

    I've used fondant for years with my nucs. Never had it cause robbing. Bees do well on it.
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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    Funny, that hasn't happened in the Canadian canola fields or in Australia where there is no varroa to vector virus.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Funny, I have to send bees off to find out if they have virus issues. Can't see them, even with my scope. Too easy to say you don't see them when they are not visible to the eye. No good bee...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    unless you want to know why your hives die in the spring. It's not just the mites it the virus too. Bees can stand a pretty high mite count but can't stand high virus problems. In a couple weeks I'm...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Time for an alcohol wash I'd say
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    Re: Glenn Apiaries - Pol-Line queens

    Got some from Velbert. Great queens and quite gentle. Reasonably priced. I recommend them over the VSH queens -
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    bees will chew the frame rests in both EPS and foam hives. Only solution is put wood in those spots. I've given up on homemade foam nucs. too much trouble and the bees eat them up after a while, no...
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