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    Re: Odd odor in hives

    I can smell when SHB are in a hive. There is an odor that comes with that. I have a super sensitive nose -- walking down the aisle at the store with soaps and detergents makes me wheeze. I can...
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    Re: Honey Bee safe herbicides & pesticides

    Round Up is not safe -- it just kills fewer bees than some other things do, ergo, they are allowed to label it as "safe for bees".

    High acid level vinegar -- acetic acid -- is available and can...
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    Re: Do bees overwinter in hot climates?

    What Ross said. I am south of him, and bees forage as long as it's not too windy, or raining. They'll forage down to 45 F for me. Now, finding something to forage ON may be a challenge, and bees...
  4. Re: Experience with liquid Sevin dust and roundup

    I'm with tomkat. Sevin is a known insecticide and will wipe out your apiary. Round Up is also a poison designed to kill pests, in this case "broad leafed" weeds. It can also severely hurt an...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    Thanks LeatherJim, rhaldridge, jimlyon, and cloverdale! Yes, that was my point. There is a very large, very pronounced difference between genuinely HOT, MEAN, CRANKY AHBs and bees that may have...
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    Re: First mean hive.

    I agree. Re-queening a hot hive will not work as long as the old queen is alive. You can't just add a good queen and hope for the best. The hot queen must be squished, or they won't accept the new...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    I can add that we had an unusually "cold" blustery winter this year. I am 75 miles SW of Navasota and the Weavers. I run single deeps through winter, and do NOT insulate. I use the small entrance...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    I have used both Beeweaver and R Weaver bees and queens. I think they are great. No, I'm not a northern beekeeper. But let me add some perspective.

    Yes, lots of bees in TX have at least some...
  9. Re: looking for bulk/cheap containers for balm

    Try wholesale supplies plus dot com, or Freund container packaging. Not sure what exactly you are looking for. Some of the clear plastic containers can be tricky due to the high melting point of...
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    Re: Selling Beeswax

    I make both soap AND candles from beeswax. And, I need different things for both.

    Candles : I use mostly yellow, and some white. I want clean wax with all the muck scraped off. The blocks have...
  11. Thread: Ant control

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    Re: Ant control

    Well, my experience varies a bit, and only julysun probably can come close as s/he is actually within 100 miles of me. :)

    My particular problem is with Fire Ants, and they are here on this...
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    Re: Lesser Wax Moths

    Wax moths are evil. Here in south TX, we measure freezes in hours, not months. I don't count on *ANYTHING* going dormant.

    I try to store drawn frames in the freezer if I can. I also store...
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    Re: Fireproofing Hives

    I would also be very cautious about heavy mulches! In my experience, that provided the perfect environment for SHB! :doh: And some mulches burn . . .

    I'm thinking a dual-phase force field with...
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    Poll: Re: To smoke, or not to smoke...

    I am a bit puzzled by this post. I am one of the people who assumes "Since most beekeepers since the beginning of time have used smoke, I should rely on their wisdom and use smoke, too."

    As for...
  15. Thread: Wax Moths

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    Re: Wax Moths

    It all depends on where you live. I *have* seen moths take down very strong hives *in under two weeks*. Numbers, numbers, numbers. I've also seen Fire Ants do it in seven days.

    Where I live,...
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    Re: SHB Abilene Texas

    Professor --
    SHB are a problem in Texas, period. Do not believe the stuff about humidity. They are opportunistic beggars of uncertain parentage. SHB eggs will not dry out in the hive in my...
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    Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Joseph --

    THANK you!! :gh:

    I was getting tired of being told my hives just weren't strong enough. Since one hive is notably cranky and obviously AHB tainted, (tho incredibly productive) and...
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    Re: Controlling Wax Moths

    Okay, and now for a totally different point of view.

    Where I live in south TX, WM are one of my 2 biggest problems. Varrora are not an issue for ME, but WM are. They don't go dormant here, and...
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    Re: Wax moth or small hive beetle larvae?

    SHB larvae are smaller and thinner than WM, by about half. 0.5" vs. 1"+. In addition, a WM infestation leaves web all over the inside of the hive.

    Good luck!

    Summer
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    Re: Cooling the hive

    Even in a gawd-awful south TX summer, my bees do better in full sun, rather than partial sun. SBB just made a freeway for the SHBs/WMs/and fire ants to walk in, plus the girls went propolis crazy. ...
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    Re: Really need some feed back please

    Nanook --

    Have a crush on Mr. Leroy Jethro Gibbs. DH says if he ever asks, I get to leave home, no questions asked. My fingers are crossed . . . But DH says he's not worried. :lpf:
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    Re: Really need some feed back please

    I have to say that I truly don't believe that a strong enough hive can guard against wax moths, if . . .

    I have LOTS of moths in my area, and they do not go dormant in this climate. I have one...
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    Re: One liners....

    OK, sqkcrk. This one's for you, my friend. :D

    Q: How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper?
    A: No one knows; it's never been done.

    Luv & Kissies,
    Summer :p ;) :gh:
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    Re: How Much Is Your Apiary Worth$?

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  25. Re: Why is my beekeeping experience so different?

    I think beekeeping, and most ag, is much more localized than it used to be, which is kind of odd since so much is now commercialized.

    Wax moths are a huge problem for me, partly because they don't...
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