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    Re: Pseudo Name on Bee Source

    It's the name on my farm sign.

    :D

    Rusty
  2. Re: Beetles, Moths, Roaches, Ants, and Robbing but won't give up.

    Actually the USDA literature says "In addition to resistance to varroa mites, these bees are also resistant to American Foulbrood and Chalkbrood, as well as defensive against wax moths and small hive...
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    Re: How many 16oz jars per frame?

    Ah, shucks! I wuz just tryin' to be friendly! :D :D :D (digs toe in dirt)


    :lpf:
    Rusty
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    Re: Searching for SHB remedies

    Personally, I don't like chemical treatments when there is a much simpler solution. I use IPM bottom boards with an oil pan. I add oil once each spring, clean it a few times, and (when I remember...
  5. Re: Freeman Beetle traps are AWESOME. over 50 beetles in 4 hours.

    I have oil trays on all my hives--even the nucs. Like you, I found they were too expensive to buy, so I build them. I've worked out a simple IPM bottom board with a tray that works great and is...
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    Re: How many 16oz jars per frame?

    I do.

    Rusty
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    Re: oxalic acid is this it

    WOW! The price has doubled since last year!

    :eek:

    Rusty
  8. Re: Beetles, Moths, Roaches, Ants, and Robbing but won't give up.

    Just to clarify: the plans are for IPM bottom boards. But maybe I should add a page for a robber screen, as robbing is a pretty common problem. Thanks for the idea!

    :D

    Rusty
  9. Re: Beetles, Moths, Roaches, Ants, and Robbing but won't give up.

    If you are bound and determined to stay mostly treatment-free (those essential oils ARE a treatment after all), then how about an IPM bottom board? I have them on all my hives and they control the...
  10. Re: robber screens have bees confused?

    Sounds like that might have been me. BUT I use #8 like that for an entrance reducer that allows plenty of ventilation.

    HTH

    Rusty
  11. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Many beekeepers here ARE treatment-free. However, they have access to bees that were kept treatment-free to begin with. If the only bees you have access to are what we here consider commercial bees...
  12. Re: supersedure cell something to worry about?

    It is entirely possible you saw a queen cup, which is basically an empty queen cell kept in readiness by the bees "just in case". I generally see one or two in each of my hives on most inspections. ...
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    Re: Brood box issue

    Sometimes they pull all the wonky comb because the frames are not tight enough together. The extra space is supposed to be at the 2 long sides with the frames pushed tightly together in the middle. ...
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    Re: lost a lot of bees today

    We regularly get 100+ degree days with heavy humidity here in Alabama. I use screened IPM bottom boards, screened inner covers, and folded #8 wire for entrance reducers. (The folded #8 wire allows...
  15. Re: Anybody using a queen cell timing box as described by the fat bee man?

    I bought his plans, though I haven't used them yet. The whole thing seems pretty straight forward and self-explanatory. I'm just not working on a scale to use it just now, as I am not keeping any...
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    Re: Bt where to buy?

    Bt is insect specific. The Bt that you need for hives is BtA. Do make sure any Bt product you buy is for the right insects. You do not want to be spraying the Bt for mosquitoes on your comb...
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    Re: Temperature and sugar dusting

    Cinnamon did nothing for me. Ants walked right over it.

    Rusty
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    Re: Temperature and sugar dusting

    I found sugar dusting to be very effective. What I was not prepared for--and nobody warned me about--was the massive ant problems it triggered in my hives. The ants were ultimately harder to get...
  19. Re: When to stop feeding pollen and other newbie stuff

    Depending on your location, too much space can lead to SHB problems and wax moth problems. Sometimes even the ants will get out of hand. All this happens when the bees have more space than they can...
  20. Re: When do you guys feel comfortable not to wear protection?

    I've been doing this about 20 years. When I open a hive I always wear a veil and gloves. I have one or 2 hives that I wear everything I've got, but the rest of them are fine with just the veil and...
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    Re: Who sells BT

    Look HERE for Xentari BtA on Amazon.com


    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Hello I am a new-bee

    Burr comb filled with brood is generally caused by frames that are too widely spaced in the box. The frames are designed to be pushed tightly together in the center of the box with a bit of excess...
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    Re: Wife's eczema cured by our bees!

    I've had just the opposite reaction. I have psoriasis that is much worse these last 2 years. In fact, my last visit I was told that I seem to be developing psoriatic arthritis. I have always had...
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    Re: Burr Between Frame and Box

    It looks like maybe all your frames were pushed to one side? If you keep them tight together but centered in the box so they are equidistant from the sides of the box, you may find you have a lot...
  25. Re: avoiding a genetic bottleneck when buying bees

    ALL beekeeping is local, so the perfect bees for your apiary haven't been bred yet. YOU have to breed them.

    First you get some bees in your boxes. You start with whatever stock you can find,...
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