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    Re: Formic application methods question

    Last summer I did my own variation on the WVU method, which uses a specially-built "fumigator". Reading their procedure I decided their fumigator originated as an attempt to avoid killing the queen....
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    Re: Bears and Bears and Bears Oh My!

    Shalva,

    You're in a vulnerable period ... a year ago we were anticipating our first bees, in bee school, and going a little overboard getting ready. Among my bouts of insanity was a bear-proof...
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    Re: Warning / Safety Signs

    The one I want to put up at the entrance to the driveway would be more of a joke than a real warning, and a statement that we have too many lawyers already. My wife won't allow it.

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    Re: Warning / Safety Signs

    We have a couple of Brushy Mountain signs. There's a "Bee Crossing" sign coming up the driveway and an ominous-looking warning sign on the fenced apiary itself reminding people that bees sting to...
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    Re: Pseudo Name on Bee Source

    My wife and I have a place in the mountains that needed a name. While we were trying to think one up, a little grey flycatcher named it for us. She built a nest on the cabin each year. So the...
  6. Re: Do you need vaseline to control mites in screened bottom board?

    I've been buying them from my local bee supplier, pre-built, but ....

    http://freemanbeetletrap.com/build_it_yourself

    Drawings would have been nice. This particular page doesn't tell how to get...
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    Re: Kregg Rip Cut circular saw guide?

    I used to own a cheap little saw table made by Hirsch. It didn't actually have a saw in it ... you clamped in your hand circular saw, jig saw, router, or whatever you wanted to mount. It was made...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Enjambres,

    I agree with you more than you think, now. At the time I was getting all sorts of advice from various people, but my gut said the sugar roll data was probably my best measurement, and...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Oh, yeah, I forgot ... I do use a piece of aluminum flashing to get that surface to put the pad on.

    If you look down in that paper they will say the HBH does dilute the FA further, but they also...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Johno,

    The difference between my quilt box and their fancy fumigator is the queen escape passages that I suspect they put in when they experienced queen balling. I'm not convinced they help ... I...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    OK, YouTube video of a discussion by Greg Hunt on the topic. The first part is on pesticides, but the varroa part starts at 17:00. At 27 minutes there is a short clip of a chewed mite made under a...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Supposedly, Africanized bees are pretty good at grooming, but I was pleased to hear that Europeans can as well. But durn the lazy videographer, just left the camera running in the back of the room...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/FormicAcid.pdf

    My mentor uses this. OAV needs a heated vaporizer and power to run it, and I don't know anybody who has used it. And technically, OAV is not yet...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    For a strong colony, let's guess 60,000 bees, after a treatment that is supposed to kill 80% of the mites, to drop 700 should put the level of infestation at a bit less than 2%. That's roughly...
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    VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    I just heard about this in a discussion with a few beekeeping friends a few days ago.

    http://www.indianahoney.org/2013/02/Greg-Hunt-of-Purdue-University-and-his-varroa-biting-bees.cfm

    I'm going...
  16. Re: Has anyone used this method for killing Varroa Mites?

    We switched to drug store grade mineral oil in the oil trays of our Freeman beetle traps. It is absolutely deadly to SHB and varroa mites in that form. I would worry that an oil mist would not be...
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    Re: 1/8 screen?

    I had to look all over our county to find a hardware store that had it and would sell by the foot. I wanted to buy local to support any store that still believed in selling hardware cloth by the...
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    The Prius V is effectively a small station wagon. With the seats down it will carry nearly as much as our Explorer, and I think would have no problem with a bale of hay, plus a couple of bags of...
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    In Virginia, we have a couple of nuclear plants that supply much of our base load. Nukes need to be run at a steady power, so it is common to use the nukes for the steady base and fossil fuels for...
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    Knowing that the Prius is notoriously stealthy in electric mode, when we first got it I noticed a neighbor walking her grandchild down our "mews" (alley behind the homes). I pulled in behind them...
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    We drive a 2013 Prius V, which is a little larger than a standard Prius. We routinely get 50 mph in the summer, maybe 42 in the winter. For our conservative driving style, we've never found it...
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    Re: Who's afraid of the big bad hornet?

    It is not the big hornets that bother me, its the little ones. They aim for my lower lip or chin. I've concluded they don't like my beard.

    I personally find these critters fascinating, and...
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    Re: 2015's Queen marking color easier to see

    So does this mean this year's color will turn all the queens into social outcasts? This could be a Bad Year.

    Maybe I'll mark a couple of workers first and see how the girls respond.
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    My favorite configuration of supers is irrelevant. The bees must be delighted with it. Fortunately, they are easy to please. My wife favors 8-frame mediums because she's a girl. We're running...
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    Re: Getting the kids interested

    On the sting problem, a thought just occurred to me.

    Unless you have a really bad reaction, a sting is not much worse, if as bad, as getting a splinter while woodworking, or hitting your thumb...
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