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    Re: Another plant id.?

    Blazing star (Liatris spicata).
  2. Re: triangle escape board. How long till they are through?

    No, I do not use queen excluders. I make sure there is no brood on any of the frames that are pulled. I have never lost a queen doing this.
  3. Re: triangle escape board. How long till they are through?

    I made up a bunch of homemade escaped boards. I remove the super that I want to extract and put it next to the hive on top of an escape board that I placed on a bottom board or something to elevate...
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    Re: another tree ID please

    It looks like a chestnut tree. Not sure of the variety.
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    Re: HELP Larvae infestation, no beetles

    The frames that I had problems with were mainly frames with pollen. They were not real infested. Yes, I did re-use them later when one of my hives needed more. However, I waited to thaw them until I...
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    Re: HELP Larvae infestation, no beetles

    When I have your problem, I remove all infested frames and put those in the freezer. Then, put in clean frames of comb. Good luck.
  7. Thread: Raccoons

    by spieker
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    Re: Raccoons

    I do not have an answer for your question, but I use good, strong straps around my hives. Raccoons do not get in.
  8. Re: trouble engaging a maxant power extractor PLEASE HELP

    I have a different Maxant extractor and had a similar problem. It happened on a week day and I called them. The stem that comes up looks round, but is flat on one side. I was told to tighten the...
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    Re: Need more bees!

    I believe H & R Apiaries and Roberts Bee Company has some. http://robertsbeecompany.com/ I got some from them last year in June and was happy.
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    Re: Cant find the bees for a Cut out

    Are they definitely honey bees? Mason bees look similar and make tunnels in wood for their nest.
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    Re: Sugar treatment ?

    You might want to check with the supplier of your packages to see if they treated them for mites before shipment. A few years ago, I bought a package and the supplier (do not remember which supplier)...
  12. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Lyndhurst, VA 22952
    2-20-16
    Snow drops.
    Bees were all over them.
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    Re: Burnt tasting honey

    When I have honey that has an off taste, I put some of that honey in a small jar and have some cheap disposable popsicle type sticks available so people can taste it. Some people like the taste and...
  14. Re: Paper combine results in lots of dead bees, what did I do wrong?

    Often, besides putting a few small slits in the newspaper, I mix a little Honey Be Healthy in water and spray my newspaper lightly. My thinking is that this causes the whole hive to take on the HBH...
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    Re: Sad bees - hornets - smaller hive

    I do not know the answer to your question. However, if they do, I would attach a hose to the entrance of the nuc and have it go outside of the green house, similar to how observation hives are set up...
  16. Re: looking for confirmation that wax moths did one of my hives in?

    The first two pictures look like laying worker drone brood to me. I had a hive that sounded similar to yours, without the worms, that was a laying worker hive. We had a cold spell and there were not...
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    Re: I have a new idea on attracting honey bees?

    I would love to have a swarm lure that works. I have tried all types of lures, used various sizes of hives with brood comb, placed different distances and different heights from my hives. I live in a...
  18. Re: Best method for cleaning up burr (or bridge) comb?

    I leave my burr comb alone in the fall because I think it helps the bees when they cluster to move better from one frame to another going up. I had read that when it is really cold, that sometimes...
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    Re: storing uncapped honey/nectar over winter

    If I have a little uncapped honey in the frames, I place the box over an inner hive cover and the bees usually move it down. However, I think it works faster if you put an empty box over the inner...
  20. Thread: milkweed

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    Re: milkweed

    I find occasional honey bees trapped and dead on milkweed blossoms. However, I consider the value of milkweed to out weigh a few bees dying.
  21. Thread: Help!

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    Re: Help!

    I had the same problem a couple of years ago with a nearby family member. We solved the problem by buying a new hummingbird feeder equipped with plastic mesh bee guards.
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    Re: Not sure what bush this is

    Looks like Autumn Olive to me.
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    Re: Serviceberry as an early forage source?

    Service Berry trees grow wild in the woods and my bees love them.
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    Re: Fleabane Daisy, useful?

    We have those in VA, also, and I have never seen a honey bee on them.
  25. Re: What to do with "poopy" frames from deadout

    I scrape and then use a wet cloth and scrub the spots clean. Then, reuse.
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