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    Re: Thymol treatment for Varroa

    I tried this method and did not seem to kill any mites. I have, however, had success with homemade apiguard gel which consists of powderized thymol crystals, water, and sodium polyacrylate. Lately...
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    Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    So these mite count results were taken after 3 successive OA vapor applications per hive? Looks like around a 40-60% kill. Seems pretty labor intensive when recommendations are to keep mite levels...
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    Re: Equinox extractor VFD controller programming

    Thank you both, that is the type of info I was looking for. I also watched some youtube videos on programming the SMVector units and it seems to be pretty straightforward. I'll take your advice...
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    Equinox extractor VFD controller programming

    Just picked up a new 80 frame Equinox/Mann Lake extractor and it has a programmable VFD control panel (SMVector brand). I have very limited experience with PID controllers and I'd like some advice...
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    Re: Shallows vs Deeps for honey

    Nothing to disagree with there. All deeps makes the most sense for really big operations in terms of efficiency, assuming no girly men are on the payrolls. Lol.
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    Joe, I've heard only good things about your hybrid stock and intend to keep on using it. Other people around here are also experiencing swarming problems which leads me to believe your theory on the...
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    I do have each pallet marked for which queen stock it has. The Caspians build up huge and swarm like crazy. The Italian/carniolan hybrids not quite as swarmy but still unnacceptably high. Just...
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    I'm in west central WI. They were given plenty of extra room and nothing ran out of space for honey. I have a few frames of foundation blended into most of my honey supers as well, but I didn't put...
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    Yes, and I'd really like for somebody to tell me what I am doing wrong. For the third time in two years, my operation is being hit hard by a massive amount of swarming (majority of my hives). I run...
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    Re: New extracting line

    I installed a very similar setup to this in Florida with an Equinox uncapper and extractor and a Maxant wax spinner (with a basket, not spin-float type). This works very well for the most part. I run...
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    Re: Drought vs Almonds

    Is this hype, or accurate? I also read that statistic and it seems hard to believe. But it also makes you wonder how many gals of water it takes to grow a bushel of corn, or an apple, a steak, or a...
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    Re: How do you preserve sugar syrup solution?

    Millimoles are for chemistry tests. Try 0.25 grams per gallon. I often mix it at 0.75 grams per gallon. Supposedly helps with nosema.
    Aaron
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    Re: TRUCKS post a picture of your rig!

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    Re: Parafin Wax Supplier

    There was a candle factory in Sanford that went out of business last year and I bought all their remaining wax remnants pretty cheap. Maybe try to Google for if there are any candle factories near...
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    Re: Formic Acid Flash Treatment

    Has anyone tried MiteAway? Bill Ruzicka has an interesting website and I've gotten some positive reviews from people who've used it. I don't like MAQS and I think the West Virginia U method is too...
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    Re: Parafin Wax Supplier

    I bought a bunch of wax remnants from a candle factory and the scents dissipated after I heated it up for dipping. Only difference I saw was that the candle wax would foam up more than virgin...
  17. Re: If gas prices stay low ($2/gal. aver.) what impact will it have for you as a BKP

    Diesel is more expensive to refine than gasoline these days because of the Ultra Low Sulfer requirements. That is why it is now more expensive than gasoline. Why do we "need" ultra low sulfer?...
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    Re: Over wintering hives

    Let's talk about treatments. I also had a tough time with mites this year, although didn't see much PMS or DWV. Got them pretty clean at the moment. What works for me: thymol, oxalic when broodless...
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    Re: Commercial wax spinner ??

    Try this: http://xnox.com.mx/index.php/catalogo

    Really impressive product line. No prices listed and the English translation is poor, but nice stuff.
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    Re: Sad thing about equipment

    D. Filter it through your bee veil <--- Works every time!
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Mike, I'll take some pics and PM you.
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Same here. I just switched over to using straps for long-distance moves or anytime I'll be getting on the turnpike or interstate. I copied another guy's system for using shipping pallets with 2x4's...
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    Re: Hop Guard 2

    Not really, they will get down to a brood minimum in late Nov. to early Dec., but not broodless like the load of bees that just came down from WI.
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    1.) Buy the wood for the deck well ahead of time and stand it up somewhere outdoors to dry for several weeks, mine wasn't completely dried when I screwed it to the bed frame and it shrunk...
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    Re: Hop Guard 2

    If I could wait to treat until just before they go broodless, I'd save myself a lot of money and just use oxalic.
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