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  1. Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Make traps: use a clear soda bottle and clear soda so you can enjoy the view of dead critters.
    Make a hole in the top "shoulder" of the soda bottle, save the cap and cap the bottle when you're done...
  2. Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    Agreed
  3. Re: Starting to feel more like an exterminator

    Until you get better at this, a good practice to get into is to locate your queen first before moving things around too much, just to avoid squishing her inadvertently.
    So when you find the frame...
  4. Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    So many things! Watching them do everything that they're supposed to do: collect nectar and pollen, raise baby bees, make queen cells, attack me when they don't like my visits. The latest amazement...
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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    Enjoyed that, thank you. Hope you're right as rain now.
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    Re: 8-19-2014 Swarm

    shawbran, why would you squish a swarm queen in favor of the queen of a "kinda weak hive"?
  7. Re: Sugar water in honey super mistake

    Costa, this forum should just be about giving advice and not berating people, but alas...

    Onto your question: It's not that the capped sugar syrup is not good for human consumption, it's just that...
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    Re: Help with adding a super or not?

    I think you need to decide (or even better, find out from a local beekeeper), what the normal overwintering arrangement is in your area: is it two deeps or 1 deep and a medium or 2 mediums, etc?
  9. Re: Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?

    This is a good lesson for those fearful of marking queens: you can mess up but the queen still lives, the bees don't ball her and she keeps laying!
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    Re: Refractometer

    Our bee club has a honey refractometer. Is yours an el-cheapo one like mine or a nice one like the club's?
    The club's refractometer was calibrated by using a member's honey which had a known...
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    Re: Cleaning or Filtering Wax

    I use a homemade solar wax melter: get a styrofoam cooler (you will not need the lid), a tall plastic bin that will sit inside the cooler, a regular sized paper towel, a rubber band and a sheet of...
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    Open feeding is not generally a good idea. Honestly, if they're looking for food and you know your hives are doing the robbing, then feed them. Post an update when you can.
  13. Re: What are you selling your honey for in quart and pint glass jars in VA?

    I'm in Maryland and sell mine for $10 a pound. A pint of honey is more than that, I believe 1.5lbs...so that would be $15.

    Ten dollars per pound is standard pricing at the fairs and festivals...
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    Feed all the hives.
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    Sugar is a highly processed and refined substance, it is soley sucrose, with an absence of any vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. Honey is specifically made from the nectar of flowers (then...
  16. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    Astrobee, I'm not sure what other information you're looking for beyond my original posting. Sprayed the board, fewer sprays than called for, left on for less time that the Brushy Mountain video...
  17. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    The almond smell was noticeable for about an hour on the woodenware. The honey was fine.
  18. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    In case you missed it, it wasn't BeeGo, it was the Natural Honey Harvester.
  19. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    I'm female by the way :)

    I know how to use it, followed the instructions, no bees were sprayed with the repellant. It wasn't BeeGo, it was the "good-smelling" version called Natural Honey...
  20. Re: going to try to remove bees off the supers with my handheld blower

    I feel the need to chime in here as I used both a fume board and leaf blower on Saturday.
    I used the "good smelling" BeeGo from Brushy Mountain. Before I get into the massacre, I need to explain...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    I've only been a beekeeper for a few years and had to share my joy at the honey harvest this past Saturday. Over the past 2 summers when I actually harvested, I would take only 20lbs for various...
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    Re: Best small scale electric extractor?

    Ah, I see. Thank you for the prompt reply Bob. It still looks like a good extractor.
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    Re: Best small scale electric extractor?

    So does the conical bottom on the Maxant feed DIRECTLY into the honey gate? The one our club has is from Dadant and the flat bottom sits about 1/2" below the honey gate so I feel that I lose quite a...
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    Re: Pre swarm? Video

    It's called "washboarding", don't know what it means but I've seen it too without swarming resulting.
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    Re: Robbing Related Questions

    I like Mount Airy, I enjoy visiting the downtown area- Laurienzo is yummy.

    Open feeding tends to attract wasps and hornets this late in the season and they can cause their own problems. Earlier in...
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