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  1. Re: How to vacuum seal mason jars without heat?

    I think that some of the home vacuum food sealing appliances have an adpater that wil vacuum seal mason jars with two-piece, metal lids. Food-Saver may be one brand. You can buy some models at...
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    Re: ? About new Hives

    I am helping a friend make up dozens of nucs right now. And these are by intention queenless as they are awaiting the arrival of the queens on Wednesday. Nothwithstanding the absense of a queen, the...
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    Re: mite count number in drone brood question

    I think that the figure quoted above in the OP for Randy Oliver's threshold to treat must surely be incorrect.

    You wrote:


    I should hope not, because that's 16.66%, and that's way more than...
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    Re: Thought I moved them the right way!

    It was cold in the northeast last week, so probably no harm was done, but where does the idea that you should keep the "bees shut-in for a week" ever come from?

    In most circumstances it sounds...
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    Re: Is Miracle Grow bad?

    Earthworms may be good for garden-soil tilth and productivity, but they may still be bad for the larger environment, including forests.

    I am a professional horticulturist and I use the commercial...
  6. Re: Help! Neighbours bees attracted to our Ipe decking

    You need to identify the insects (which may not be honey bees, at all), first.

    In the US we have agricultural agents (County Extension offices) who would be able to help you. In the UK, I would...
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    Re: Questions of an new beekeeper

    Routine re-queening may not be necessary, depending on your goals and the scale of your operation.

    I have four colonies, three of which have each had the same queen since 2013 (they are marked)....
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    Re: Different reasons for swarming?

    I think the idea that a colony "makes multiple princesses and sends them off to have a go at queening" is bunk.

    As I understand it, a swarm removes the existing queen, and supporting bees, who...
  9. Re: 1st package installed, and all dead at day 4? Why?

    Pearl,

    Oh, my! I'm sorry, I really meant a just blanket, not a sheet of plastic. Plastic has the not-neglible risk of making things worse, because it might be keeping moisture in the hive when it...
  10. Re: 1st package installed, and all dead at day 4? Why?

    Pearl,

    I live in northern NY, sometimes in the winter I pick up bees that have been outside in single digit temps. They certainly look dead. But I can rewarm them in my bare, cupped, hand by...
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    Re: Newbee introduction!

    Welcome to the Forums, Pembee!

    I couldn't have made it through my first summer without reading all the advice and good counsel on offer here. In case you haven't found it, yet, there is also tons...
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    Re: Best cane sugar for bees?

    Actually, as far as the benefits of organic sugar vs refined sugar for bees, the organic product will have more undesirable stuff than plain white, bleached, granulated sugar. Organic sugar is also...
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    Re: Moving a hive of bees

    There's no harm in laying a leafy branch or two against the front of the hive before they leave from the new place tomorrow morning. I've used branches, boards, old political signs (these need to be...
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    Re: Unsure of how to help cold bees

    Rx for moderate-to-severe, new-beek anxiety on a cold night: take a warm woolen blanket out and wrap it around your hive. Don't block the entrances. It probably won't do anything much for the bees...
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    Re: looking for wax help please

    May I recommend Betterbee? www.betterbee.com

    They are not far from you (northeastern NY) and they reportedly ship very quickly. (I can't vouch for shipping as I am a pick-up customer.) The...
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    I have an Old Queen entering her third (possibly fourth summer - she may have been the swarm queen who came here, but she's been with me since 2013), and just like last summer she is laying up a...
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    Re: Varroa already?

    Varroa live in their phoretic state all winter long.

    Since you have the equipment to do OAV, next Fall after Thanksgiving, or so, plan on a single OAV treatment to kill most of the remaining mites...
  18. Re: Which would you buy: Biovet Varrox vs. Heilyser Vaporizer?

    Don't forget to buy the correct personal protection gear, as well. (A half-face respirator with the correct - acid gas - cartridges as well as eye and hand protection were recommended during the...
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    Re: Bottom clearance

    Mine is unusually tall: Bee space between the bottom frame rail and the actual bottom of the lowest box, plus a 2" shim used as draft protector, plus the nominally 3/4" height of the side rails of...
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    Re: Tips for building a strong hive

    I think there may be a bit of confusion here. While bees will use donated drawn-out frames (and benefit from that from the start), they will not as far as I am aware, re-use chunks or blobs of...
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    Re: Very simple IPM for hive beetles

    A slight refinement that I always include when I'm teaching about using sticky boards is to NEVER scrape the hive trash on to ground. Scrape it into a closed trash can, because allowing any of the...
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    Re: Do bees prep a new home before swarming

    According to Tom Seeley's book, Honeybee Democracy, the search for a new hive by a swarm's scouts happens after the swarm has issued, not before.

    Enj.
  23. Re: Anyone build an upper enterance into a quilt box?

    A significant difference between quilt boxes made with muslin or light weight canvas floors (besides the avoidance of anything that might act as a point of condensation, as noted by Laketrout above)...
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    Re: Another question about patties....

    Global patties have safe natural pollen in them. Treated (irradiated, I think) pollen is safe, non-treated pollen even if it is safe enough for human consumption, may not be safe for bees. Imported...
  25. Re: HEADING INTO WEEK 5 - VARROA MITES! HELP!

    John,

    Well, good for you! For taking up the idea of watching your boards for varroa, and then seeing them. Yup, most of those arrows are pointing to varroa - they are flattish, generally brown,...
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