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  1. Re: What defines "aggressive behavior" on average

    Ross's description is what I call aggressive plus they follow you several hundred yards still stinging. The DEET runs them off at that point.
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Thanks for the explanation.
  3. Re: Kids bee suit recommendation needed please

    Best advice I can offer is to get them a ventilated bee suit or jacket which if they are zipped up properly are pretty much sting proof. Everyone sells them now.
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    I use DEET on boots, wrists and on my veil so I can see out if the bees are real aggressive. This year I had the most aggressive hive I have ever had and I have had some pretty testy ones. It was a...
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    Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Much, much cooler but they are heavier. I don't even notice the heavy while wearing it. I would have to wear 2 layers of clothing under my old suit if I needed maximum protection. It gets hot...
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    Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Ventilated suits are now sold by most major suppliers. Ultabreeze and Goldenbee are made here in the US and sold directly. Most bee equipment suppliers sell imported suits which are cheaper. Plenty...
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    Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    First thing I would suggest is to get a new ventilated bee suit. It's much easier to work HOT bees when you're not getting stung. I recently requeened the the most aggressive hive I have ever had...
  8. Re: How long should Painted hives be left to dry before using them

    Latex surfaces stick to each other for a long time. I rub paraffin or beeswax on all the edges and reapply periodically to make it easier to separate the boxes.
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    Re: Central Texas Specific Help

    My bees are about 2 hrs SE of you near Weimar. Not familiar with the local gardening schedule but it is probably a good indicator depending on your location. Probably will have to feed them to get...
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    Re: Ultrabreeze suit/leg length input needed

    I would suggest giving them an inseam measurement and see if they will make that for you. I am 5'10" and I have to wear 9" boots to keep my ankles from getting exposed. It's a great suit.
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    Re: Sugar Water Spray?

    I always use smoke but I also use sugar spray on more hot hives when I am looking for the queen. It helps keep the bees from being so runny. A little drop of some EO helps confuse them but not HBH...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    No special secret in working barehanded. The temperament of the bees is the primary criteria. Dexterity is much better but like DJhoney says, keep some gloves in your pocket.
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I got an Ultra breeze a couple of years ago and love it. Handled some very aggressive bees with it and no problems. The weakness I have noticed on some of the imports is where the veil zippers and...
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    Re: Africanized bees

    If you do an archives search you will be occupied for days on AHB threads with some very good information.
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    Re: Getting the Bees off of you

    If they don't leave me alone after 100 yds from the hive they get the Deep Woods OFF (25% DEET). It's part of my bee tool box. The Ultra-breeze is one of the best purchases I have made.
  16. Thread: Heat stroke

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    Re: Heat stroke

    Emergen-C which you can get at Wal-Mart, cooconut milk & pedialite can help. I mix a packet of Emergen-C in my bottle of water before I go out & again every 3 hours or so. When I was first advised...
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    Re: Winter Feeding on the Gulf Coast

    Houston is about 50 miles from the coast & my bees are a little west of here about 70 miles from the coast. Most beeks I know locally only feed syrup in the winter. I feed mine about 1 1/2:1 in the...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees - I'm looking for help!

    I keep my bees on a stand 18" off the ground for skunks but I would try Becky's suggestion first. I am in AHB territory & over time & several supercedures AHB drones will eventually affect hive...
  19. Thread: lost a hive

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    Re: lost a hive

    I wouldn't junk the equipment but would certainly start over. The challenge will be how to be more proactive so you can intervene if they begin to have problems. There is no one who has not lost...
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    Re: bees watching the house doors again.

    I've had experienced beeks tell me their bees come & politely buzz them when they need something. I notice they don't talk about it much in crowds. You could be a bee whisperer & just not realize...
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    Re: No stages larvae,beetle , moth

    Have you seen any capped brood? Is the hive fairly populated? It is not unusual to see one or several hive beetles in the hive. The moths come around daily looking for weak hives. A strong hive is...
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    Re: To requeen or not?

    Give them more time. The first new brood should just be emerging & the new nurse bees should start to draw wax soon. You have plenty of time in your location to build for winter. I put drone comb...
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    Re: Marked my first queen

    Congratulations & good job. Your vigilance paid off.
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    Re: Locating the queen

    It takes practice & patience to find a queen especially in a difficult hive. If your not completely protected from stings, it is hard to be patient. Sometimes I use a squirt bottle with light syrup...
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    Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I spray my Ultra-breeze suit & golden bee jacket zippers with silicone to keep them lubricated which helps a lot.
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