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    Re: Trying Hopguard II

    What I found with hopguard is it is only effective as long as the strips are wet. In our environment that is 3 days. The decreasing mite drop costigaj is seeing is likely not really from declining...
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    Re: Need help settling arguement

    I haven never taken our extractor part. I pour 5 gallons of hot water in the tank, wipe it down with a rag, and drain.
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    Re: Bug identification on the milkweed

    Not Monarchs.
  4. Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    If yu are curious how the flower traps the bees legs look at this link. http://www.backyardnature.net/fl_milkw.htm
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    Re: Phacelia Tanacetifolia

    Based on this forum I planted a patch phacelia this spring. It mostly bloomed out now. Mostly honey bees on it are rare, but bumblebees and other solitary bees on thick as lice on it. I wonder...
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    Re: brood in my super - how to handle

    If you have another super take the frames out of it. Sit it beside the hive then shake each frame of bees in the super with brood into the full super. Put the now clean frame into the empty super. ...
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    Re: brood in my super - how to handle

    We go through our supers a month before we want to extract. Any that have brood in them get a queen excluder. Make sure that the queen is below the excluder. You do not need to be concerned with...
  8. Re: bean and pea blooms -- useful to the girls?

    9 years and I have never seen a bee on garden peas or snap beans.
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    Re: do racoons eat honeybees?

    One time in 9 years we had an emaciated old female raccoon push the entrance reducer into the hive. She was reaching into the hive to get bees or comb. When I caught her one front leg was a mess of...
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    Re: Oxalic acid controlled?

    Idaho is an approved state.
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    Re: Mountain Camp in the summer?

    From my experience if they have flying weather they will haul dry sugar out as garbage. A hard brick will just take them longer to haul out. I have watched them haul it out of the hives. The...
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    Re: Why do you think that

    Kill the old queen, remove all of the queen cells, put caged queen in for three days with candy taped over, then check every frame for queen cells, remove tape and expose candy. Then stay out of the...
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    Re: Would you dare?

    To years ago we pinched a bunch of old queens that had started nucs in the spring. We replace all of the old queens in our nucs in late summer. I had a hip replaced while they were re-queening...
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    Re: US POSTAL SERVICE KUDOS

    I have the opposite story to tell. We shipped two boxes of live bees to Beltsville, and they could not have screwed the shipment up worse if they had tried. I could have almost walked them from...
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    Re: Skunk fence

    I put 4 foot no climb fence around the yard. Then I put 18 inch strips on the ground all around the yard and wired them to the bottom of the vertical fence to keep them from digging under. It was...
  16. Re: Ah Crap.. If my queen falls out of the hive, can she fly back or is she toast?

    If she was a purchased queen mated some where else she probably will not return. If she was produced and mated in the hive she fell out of she will probably return to the hive if she did not go...
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    Re: crimson clover for bees' use?

    All clovers and alfalfa have a high percentage of hard, dormant, seed. Even if you are able to remove all of the flowers before they mature seed, you will have plants coming up for years. We...
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    Re: Do bees consume blood?

    Salt
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    Re: Aster Already...?

    JW the easiest way to separate Asters from Erigeron is bloom period. Erigerons bloom on the lengthening day. Many are still in bloom even though the days are shortening, but they formed their buds...
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    Re: Aster Already...?

    It is an Erigeron, daisy.
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    Re: Big Sagebrush?

    It is about the last thing to bloom, so lets call it late fall. Some years it is so dry that very few of the plants will even bloom.
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    Re: Big Sagebrush?

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    Re: Big Sagebrush?

    Our bees work it heavily for pollen. It does not produce nectar.
  24. Thread: Plant ID

    by Dave Burrup
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    Re: Plant ID

    1 fireweed
    2 Snow berry Symphoricarpus
    3 ??
    4 Saint Johns Wort
    5 Service Berry
    6 Cinquefoil
    7 Oxeye daisy
    8 Collinsia parviflora annual phlox
    9 Goats Beard
    10 Yarrow
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    Re: Bees and Quaking Aspen

    Likely collecting honeydew from aphid feeding. It happens all the time on ours. Later sooty mold will grow on the honeydew giving the leaves and bark a grayish look.
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