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  1. Thread: SHB trap

    by Jon Wolff
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    Re: SHB trap

    If you can bait it with what attracts the beetles, pollen comb inoculated with the yeast Kodamaea ohmeri, a signal will go out to all the beetles, drawing them in. Apparently, the pollen fermented by...
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    Re: SHB Next Door

    If they are small hive beetles, they should be dealt with. SHB are secondary pests and take usually take over once a colony becomes too weak to defend against them. They aren't active when it's cold,...
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    Re: First Inspection

    Check out Wyatt Mangum's Youtube video Checking the First Package After Three Hours. He'll show you how it's done. He has the package up close to the front of the hive and practically sticks the...
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    Re: Clipped queens?

    Yes, get used to having lots of contradictory information when it comes to beekeeping. Of course, part of that comes from keeping bees in different regions, which have their own climate and pest...
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    Re: Diatomaceous earth inside top bar hive?

    I've done the very thing you are thinking of doing, added a tub beneath the screen and used either DE or mineral oil. So long as the wind can't stir it up, and the screen is secure against bees...
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    Re: Clipped queens?

    Are you saying your queen flew out of the hive (or at least tried to)? When you say strays, did the package abscond and leave a few behind (the small group)? I'm sorry, but I don't think anyone can...
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    Re: Feeding sugar syrup & making wax

    They have a wax gland that secretes it. Syrup and honey both will keep them alive, and live bees can make wax.
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    Re: New Drawn Comb was Dark/Golden Brown

    Bees pick up all kinds of things that color their combs. Cocoons, propolis, pollen all affect the color of combs. I wouldn't worry about it.
  9. Re: It's called "cross comb" because it makes you cross

    First off, welcome to the world of beekeeping! New comb is extremely soft. Correcting new comb like that is hazardous. I killed the queen in my first hive right off the bat doing an inspection....
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    Re: Top Bar Install video

    Getting stung in the face is really the only place I'm worried about. For that reason I at least put a veil on whenever I have to do anything with my hives. They can switch from gentle to aggressive...
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    Re: First Install, Flubbed It

    Not bad for "flub"! I've flubbed a lot worse! I learn more from my mistakes than anything else, and sometimes seems to be my primary learning mode, unfortunately.
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Years keeping top bars: 5
    Number of hives: 5, with 3 currently occupied.
    Plant zone: 8a
    Average lbs of honey going into winter: Good question. I don't weigh my hives and the bees store a lot of...
  13. Re: "Thinking Beekeeper" center entrance/bars plan vs front

    I tried two hives with center entrances and double follower boards to compare to end entrances, which is what I started with, and decided after two years to go back to end entrances. I didn't see any...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Here we are in the middle of the honey flow and small hive beetles and wax moths got an early start. My traps have far more SHB larvae than last year. That's my fault. I had a colony die in the last...
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    Re: TBH not maintained for a year

    grin, it will be interesting to hear what you find on your first inspection. Ruthie covered things pretty well. I would only add a couple of things. I don't use my smoker much, but you will probably...
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    Re: installing 1st pkgs in used top bar hives

    Krista, you can relax. If these are hives where bees have lived before, they aren't likely to abscond. Package bees are known to abscond from new hives, but yours should feel like home to them,...
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I think where and how the entrances are located can play a big part in overwintering. One of my hives that didn't make it had a center, long side, entrance aligned with the combs (Chandler style),...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    fruitveggirl, I place the bar on the opposite side of the follower board from the bees. My boards have an access hole that I usually leave open so the bees can patrol the other side, and my followers...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Like Ruthie, I have a ventilation bar with six holes. The bee side is covered with plastic screen and the top side with corks. I unplug corks as needed. I keep it on the hive year around, in winter...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    Msscha, you’re welcome! I’m sure you’ll find other uses for them, as I have. A couple weeks ago I harvested some honey I had left to overwinter with the bees. Since it was time I prepped the traps...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    Yeah, msscha, I'm the h-less Jon! I'm glad someone else is trying my system. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it, and if your experiences match my own. In case you can't find the bookmark,...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    I'm the southern beek who built a couple of eco floors. I decided against using them as such before I installed them and turned them into traps instead. In the end I removed them altogether. I got...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I chose top bar hives because I wanted something cheap and needed it ASAP. I have a good friend with Langstroths and from time to time I help him with his boxes. They can be very heavy! I appreciate...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    As I prepare for the spring, I have a few things to add. For one, excess water in the hive found its way into the traps. I didn't see this last year, but this year I had one hive I had to feed...
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    Re: middle or end?

    Foxhound said it. I've tried both center and end entrances. I prefer end entrances for the reasons already stated. Give them about 8 bars and use a follower board. Don't give them the whole hive....
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