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    Re: treating for mites

    You could use the one strip treatment and then repeat it later.
  2. Re: How to keep varroa at comfortable levels w/no chemicals????????

    kkauf, You will find many people on this site that say they don't treat for mites and have success. I can't recall any from your area (Ohio). It just may be my memory, but I'd ask local beekeepers...
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    Re: Lancaster Pa. area suppliers?

    You might also want to visit Gamber Container if you need any honey containers. Very goood prices and selection.
  4. Re: Anyone treat their home with Fipronil/Termiodor?

    I have used this to treat my foundation for ants twice in the method you describe. It had absolutely no oberservable impact to my bees. I absolutely would not stand for the situation you describe....
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    Re: Beemax products

    I like, and use, the beemax telescoping covers. They are lighter, cheaper, and insulate better than the standard covers. I don't use any insulation under, or over, these covers on my hives that...
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    Re: What is happening to these drones?

    I would do a sugar shake, or alcohol roll, to truly assess the mite load. If you guess wrong, you could be headed for trouble.
  7. Thread: Comb Too Old?

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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    I would replace those old combs. Pesticides build up in the wax over time and old comb should be replaced on a certain frequency.
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    Re: Best small scale electric extractor?

    I bought the 3100P a few years ago, and haven't regretted it for a moment. I can be uncapping away while it's spinning, and I can get the most honey out of the frames without getting cramps. If you...
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I liked my Ultrabreeze jacket so much I also bought the full suit for the occasional mean hive. I can only imagine what it would be like to be wearing my cotton one when I make a splt this afternoon...
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    Re: NEED ADVICE! Bad reaction to sting!

    The other thing you can do is get a full suit. I have the Ultra-Breeze suit and have never been stung through it. I'm sure the bees can't get to me as long as I seal it up tight. I usually use a...
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    Re: NEED ADVICE! Bad reaction to sting!

    I would see an Allergist before you get back at it. They can tell you what to do to minimize your risk and get you a Epi-Pen if you need it. We had one speak to our club last year and he said that...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Last year the Bee Inspector came to inspect my hives. He just put on those thin clear vinyl gloves I sometimes use when I'm painting. I wear goats skin beekeeping gloves most of the time. By the...
  13. Re: Mite counts, treatment thresholds - Central NY or similar climates

    I use the Varrox. I got it from "SNL". See the "For Sale" forum. It's a quality product.
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    You don't need a jig. The only things I put together with a jig are frames because I like to do them ten at a time. It is certainly not required. The only absolutes are glue and a hammer, as far...
  15. Re: Is the failure rate of N. California queens higher than normal this year?

    I have two packages that came from Northern California and one has no brood now and the other has very little. Time to re-queen.
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    Re: Queen supplier recommendation

    I've never had a Velbert queen not make it through the winter, and last year was the worst winter I can remember. I've lived here 27 years so that is saying something "http://www.vlwbeequeens.com/".
  17. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    It's major downside is that it only kill the mites on the bees and not the ones on brood. It only works for the ten minutes the vapors are moving around the hive, if you are vaporizing. It also only...
  18. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    It's also cheaper than any miticide that works.
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    Re: $8 Million Program to Save the Bees

    I agree. Doubt my bees will be flying to the Dakotas any time soon.
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    Re: What's everyone's thoughts on apistan

    Mite-Away Quick Strips (can be used with a super on), Apiguard, and Oxalic Acid when broodless, or nearly so. No Apistan, or Checkmite. Mites have developed resistance, and these are persistent...
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    Re: help with queenless hive

    I'd shrink the entrance to the smallest and get a mated queen right away. If the hive has multiple boxes, shrink it to the amount they can protect.
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    Re: serious varroa infestation

    Oxalic Acid Vaporization and Mite Away Quick Strips.
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    Re: serious varroa infestation

    I would treat right away with MAQS.
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    Re: VP Queen Bees....

    I just used the "Contact Me" feature on Velbert's site and he just emailed me back saying my queen shipped today. I just ordered it Sunday. Not bad at all.
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus?

    Time to do a sugar shake, or alcohol wash for mite levels and get ready to treat.
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