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    Re: Source of Late Fall Varroa Load

    I believe the same as Robbin. I've heard Randy Oliver explain this quite well, and I belive he has it described well on his site.
  2. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    You now may have a lot of mites as well.
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    Re: Mite season is here!

    Did a sugar roll on one of my hives today that should have had lower mite levels due to brood breaks. The VSH queen hive had about a 6 % infestation rate. Needless to say, all hives in the yard got...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    It's not too late to re-queen where I am, so you should have no problem. I always re-queen hot hives if the behavior continues. I'd check for mites, treat if needed, and order queens. You'll be...
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    Re: Crush & Strain Leavings: Feed to bees?

    AFB spores can be honey from hives that you aren't certain doesn't have it. This is why it's not recommended to use honey from other hives.
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    Re: treating for mites

    You could use the one strip treatment and then repeat it later.
  7. Re: How to keep varroa at comfortable levels w/no chemicals????????

    kkauf, You will find many people on this site that say they don't treat for mites and have success. I can't recall any from your area (Ohio). It just may be my memory, but I'd ask local beekeepers...
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    Re: Lancaster Pa. area suppliers?

    You might also want to visit Gamber Container if you need any honey containers. Very goood prices and selection.
  9. Re: Anyone treat their home with Fipronil/Termiodor?

    I have used this to treat my foundation for ants twice in the method you describe. It had absolutely no oberservable impact to my bees. I absolutely would not stand for the situation you describe....
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    Re: Beemax products

    I like, and use, the beemax telescoping covers. They are lighter, cheaper, and insulate better than the standard covers. I don't use any insulation under, or over, these covers on my hives that...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    I would do a sugar shake, or alcohol roll, to truly assess the mite load. If you guess wrong, you could be headed for trouble.
  12. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    I would replace those old combs. Pesticides build up in the wax over time and old comb should be replaced on a certain frequency.
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    Re: Best small scale electric extractor?

    I bought the 3100P a few years ago, and haven't regretted it for a moment. I can be uncapping away while it's spinning, and I can get the most honey out of the frames without getting cramps. If you...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I liked my Ultrabreeze jacket so much I also bought the full suit for the occasional mean hive. I can only imagine what it would be like to be wearing my cotton one when I make a splt this afternoon...
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    Re: NEED ADVICE! Bad reaction to sting!

    The other thing you can do is get a full suit. I have the Ultra-Breeze suit and have never been stung through it. I'm sure the bees can't get to me as long as I seal it up tight. I usually use a...
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    Re: NEED ADVICE! Bad reaction to sting!

    I would see an Allergist before you get back at it. They can tell you what to do to minimize your risk and get you a Epi-Pen if you need it. We had one speak to our club last year and he said that...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Last year the Bee Inspector came to inspect my hives. He just put on those thin clear vinyl gloves I sometimes use when I'm painting. I wear goats skin beekeeping gloves most of the time. By the...
  18. Re: Mite counts, treatment thresholds - Central NY or similar climates

    I use the Varrox. I got it from "SNL". See the "For Sale" forum. It's a quality product.
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    You don't need a jig. The only things I put together with a jig are frames because I like to do them ten at a time. It is certainly not required. The only absolutes are glue and a hammer, as far...
  20. Re: Is the failure rate of N. California queens higher than normal this year?

    I have two packages that came from Northern California and one has no brood now and the other has very little. Time to re-queen.
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    Re: Queen supplier recommendation

    I've never had a Velbert queen not make it through the winter, and last year was the worst winter I can remember. I've lived here 27 years so that is saying something "http://www.vlwbeequeens.com/".
  22. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    It's major downside is that it only kill the mites on the bees and not the ones on brood. It only works for the ten minutes the vapors are moving around the hive, if you are vaporizing. It also only...
  23. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    It's also cheaper than any miticide that works.
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    Re: $8 Million Program to Save the Bees

    I agree. Doubt my bees will be flying to the Dakotas any time soon.
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    Re: What's everyone's thoughts on apistan

    Mite-Away Quick Strips (can be used with a super on), Apiguard, and Oxalic Acid when broodless, or nearly so. No Apistan, or Checkmite. Mites have developed resistance, and these are persistent...
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