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  1. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    estreya, I used formic acid fumigation. You can read about that method on the Univ. of W. Va extension website: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/
  2. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    JW Chestnut, that's a great list! I do try to "read" what I see from the outside, but since I had two hives that almost died of an overdose of varroa this year, and they're recovering, I've needed to...
  3. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    Say more about "paying a lot of attention to what's going on at the front entrance".
  4. ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    I increasingly dislike doing hive inspections late in the summer and into fall, as the bees are extra defensive and robbing is prevalent. What are some strategies to minimize these problems? I don't...
  5. Re: Thanks to y'all, I stopped robbing FAST!

    Wow, I did not know that bees rob pollen as well as honey/nectar!
  6. Re: use of ParaMoth for tempo storage of partially filled supers?

    Human carcinogen, I presume. What about toxicity to bees?
  7. use of ParaMoth for tempo storage of partially filled supers?

    What opinions/experience do folks have with use of Paradichlorobenzene to store, temporarily, partially filled supers which may be used to feed other hives for winter? I have several new splits which...
  8. Re: what to do with honey supers in a hive that's lost a lot of its population?

    That's a helpful reminder- our local beekeeping club pres. has a refractometer.
  9. Re: what to do with honey supers in a hive that's lost a lot of its population?

    Am thinking I may divide the honey between the new splits I made this year. They can use some extra, since they're having to build comb.
  10. Re: what to do with honey supers in a hive that's lost a lot of its population?

    Those supers have been almost full for a few weeks now. I put them above an excluder hoping the bees would cap them, and they will eventually. They have virtually no bees on them now, and Im...
  11. what to do with honey supers in a hive that's lost a lot of its population?

    I saw exactly ONE (1) small hive beetle today in four hives! It's a really good year for the absence of SHB, at least in my observation. But I have a large hive that took a big hit on its population...
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    flies hanging out in and around hive

    Today as I worked the hives I noticed a fair presence of smallish flies , metallic green/bronze in color. Has anyone else been noticing these, and should I be concerned that they'll lay eggs in the...
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    Re: Hope for new comb an illusion?

    Wolfer, I appreciate the details you've shared. Just wanting to understand more (hope no one feels I'm hijacking the thread; think of it as elaborating, instead) : you must put a new frame or two in...
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    Re: serious varroa infestation

    Good thread. Johng your comments were particularly helpful, but thanks everyone. Schoon, oxalic acid vaporizer(or just vapor), and MiteAwayQuickStrip (MAQS) . The latter uses formic acid. Lots of...
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    serious varroa infestation

    Wow, my two booming hives, even though one of them had a brood break with a cutdown split earlier this spring, are staggering under a mite load. Huge numbers of brood are being dragged out of the...
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    Awaiting diagnosis from Beltsville. Also, my treatment choices are either formic or oxalic, both of which I've used in the past. So, little harm done. I have come to feel that routine, prophylactic...
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    Given that it is a booming hive, okay to wait till main flow is over to treat? That would mean waiting a month. Fewer boxes to move around and treatment more effective...
  18. is there any pattern of time of day for queens on mating flights?

    Just wondering - has anyone observed this enough to know whether queens prefer certain times of day for taking their mating flights? I know that swarms tend to occur in the morning, often around 10...
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    Re: Yellow Clover

    Is that sweet clover, the biennial? I love sweet clover: it smells fragrant all by itself, without even having to bloom.
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    Mike, not just honey , but loads of it. See earlier posts here.
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    Gus, when you say DMV are you talking about th virus that causes deformed wing? I'm not familiar with that acronym. My drones are thick outside the hive as yours are in your pictures. I have sent in...
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    drone die-off puzzling

    I'm finding an inordinate number of (mostly) drones on the ground in front of one of my booming hives. I picked up 450 carcasses, a big layer of them, the result of less than a week of deposition,...
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    drone die-off puzzling

    I'm finding an inordinate number of (mostly) drones on the ground in front of one of my booming hives. I picked up 450 carcasses, a big layer of them, the result of less than a week of deposition,...
  24. Re: how to know when that month long window of swarminess is past?

    Bill, thanks for your thoughts. I have a couple of followup questions. First: you open the brood nest at the beginning of April - I'm always hesitant to go in that early because of the big...
  25. Re: how to know when that month long window of swarminess is past?

    Guess I need to clarify, so I edited the post. I did not mean swarm season lasts a month, but that the individual hive has a window for deciding to swarm or not, and according to Bush and Weldon...
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