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    Gwinnett County Troubles

    I got a nastygram in the mail today from my local city Suwanee telling me I've got 15 days to get rid of my colonies. :mad:

    I've researched the county municipal code, Gwinnett, in the past and...
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    Getting stung goes with the territory. As a beek...

    Getting stung goes with the territory. As a beek you want to receive periodic stings to help build up immunity.

    Speaking of doing something stupid, I collected a dry swarm at night in cool...
  3. Thread: Question on EFB

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    I'm speculating a bit here... I think if the...

    I'm speculating a bit here... I think if the extractor is stainless steel and it is thoroughly cleaned with a very strong bleach solution it is probably ok.
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    Yep, young bees going out on orientation flight. ...

    Yep, young bees going out on orientation flight. No fear.
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    Stainless Steel Wire

    Here's a place I like dealing with for hard to find parts, including stainless wire:

    Small Parts, Inc. - Stainless Steel Wire
  6. Thread: Bee Feeding Q`s

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    Best to feed bees cane sugar not karo. 1:1 is for...

    Best to feed bees cane sugar not karo. 1:1 is for spring feeding 2:1 is for the fall. Ratio is by weight.
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    OMG, what a flipping buffoon! :mad: I don't...

    OMG, what a flipping buffoon! :mad: I don't think I would have been able to contain myself in that situation; "How about I hit you with a rack until 4 pm. I'll even do it for free..." :eek:

    I...
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    A couple of bees attacking you after running...

    A couple of bees attacking you after running heavy machinery in the vicinity of their hive is not uncommon. Africanized behavior would be more in line with thousands of bees attacking you and...
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    No. Try not to put rubbish in the box. Hold the...

    No. Try not to put rubbish in the box. Hold the cut branch over the box and give it an abrupt shake.

    I'd get those bees as quick as possible. A cardboard box will do ok for a day or so.
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    Welcome Aboard

    Hi Dawn and Curtis,

    First off welcome aboard! Ask 10 beekeepers a question and get 12 different answers :p ....

    As far as small cell limitations go, the girls will rework the wax and/or...
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    They have them in Michigan now, so I'd have to...

    They have them in Michigan now, so I'd have to say what you saw was probably a hive beetle.
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    Just wanted to make sure anyone who is going to...

    Just wanted to make sure anyone who is going to try lye knows what they're getting themselves into.

    I use lye to make soap, clear clogs, and occasionally make pretzels. I wouldn't consider using...
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    Hate to be a safety sissy, but... If you mess...

    Hate to be a safety sissy, but...

    If you mess up with lye, you could end up mamed or dead.
    With a pH of 14, it can burn you to the bone instantly. Lye is nothing to fool with.

    Always wear...
  14. Thymol and formic acid kill mites in a different...

    Thymol and formic acid kill mites in a different fashion than pesticides.

    Pesticides try to distrupt some basic function of a mite thereby killing it. Some of the mites that were stronger in...
  15. Thread: Thymol residue

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    Thymol residue doesn't stick around very long. ...

    Thymol residue doesn't stick around very long. It supposedly has a 0 day turn around for placing supers.

    I doubt the residue would be present more than a week or two after treatment.
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    Are you sure it's a reaction and not just fear. ...

    Are you sure it's a reaction and not just fear. When I was a youngster I used to pass out at the doctors office from getting shots. Medicine didn't a matter as any shot would do it.
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    Yes the SHB do pass easily through #8 hardware...

    Yes the SHB do pass easily through #8 hardware cloth. Makes me think my screened bottom boards are actualy exacerbating the problem.
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    My personal feelings are give the queen some time...

    My personal feelings are give the queen some time to get laying before you put the menthol in there.
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    Gene, I don't necessarily disagree with you. ...

    Gene,

    I don't necessarily disagree with you. My concern is shipping bees around the US could be bringing AFB to areas that are free from them today.

    I did say I was guessing about the...
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    I understand that it probably isn't doable. ...

    I understand that it probably isn't doable. Irregardless, I still believe it's a bad idea. Quarantine is the only effective solution to help prevent the spread of diseases and pests. Had...
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    Supposedly MD will test them. This is not the...

    Supposedly MD will test them.

    This is not the first time I've heard about the evil little Buckfasts from Texas. Even Michael Bush had problems with them. I'm guessing that those Buckfasts...
  22. Thread: Rubbing Alcohol

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    Honeys ok provided it's yours. Otherwise it...

    Honeys ok provided it's yours. Otherwise it might be harboring something foul.
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    Ouch, thats a little harsh. I was thinking a...

    Ouch, thats a little harsh. I was thinking a 'Country Slumpkin'. :p
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    Rubbing alcohol? I woudn't feed that to the bees...

    Rubbing alcohol? I woudn't feed that to the bees as it's toxic. Lethicin, an emulsifier, will do the trick and is safe.
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    True. I'd rather not use antibiotics if they...

    True. I'd rather not use antibiotics if they aren't needed.

    I'm just suprised that commercial beeks who do/did treat with antibiotics for nosema ended up with CCD. The same CCD that this article...
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