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  1. Thread: Varroa

    by PDG honey
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    Re: Varroa

    With that small of a mite count I would just pull the queen to stop a brood cycle. If possible if you have another hive to split off of. Place her there. You can graft one or two cells and place...
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    Re: Queen with something stuck to her...

    Hey Rod. Its just the poor drones stuff still hanging out. She will be laying soon. Try not to mess with her to much. They will supercede her sometimes. Hope this helps. Phillip
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    Re: Russel Apiaries need some customer service

    My helpers and I were there during the clean up. I worked with Robert for years while he helped me get big enough to go commercial in honey. I worked in every yard and met some awesome bee keepers....
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    Re: Top entrances.. fight against shb?

    They still get in there. Just not as bad. Our 3 and 4 way deep queen nucs have the holes. When we split we add entrance reducers just for the beetles. A strong full hive with a reduced entrance...
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    Re: Verora Mite Problem

    Thats sad to hear. Speak up at your local bee meetings and your local ext. agency. We have tested the stuff and it works well.
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    Re: Varroa. August in central Ark. Make nucs?

    Hey there Seymore. To fix your problem with mites without using any chemicals or sugars. You would need to go queenless in your small hive for almost 3 weeks. I have done this before in test. ...
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    Re: Verora Mite Problem

    Place a vented bottom board w/ tray on and also you can do mite counts. This will keep the groomed mites from returning back up. Hop guard is cheap and you don't have to pull your supers off. It...
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    Re: Will freezing kill beetles

    I've done a few test with cold temp with bees and beetles. It takes about 2 hours to kill the beetle in the freezer. I took a plastic sandwich dish. I put a bee and a SHB in the dish. I first...
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    Re: Should mites be visible?

    Best way to check a hive for mites is looking at the drones and drone brood. If you have any burr comb with drone cells in it, take your hive tool and cut it out. Look through the larva and see if...
  10. Re: Drone laying workers? Am I right? What do I do?

    Sounds like a laying worker to me. Add two frames with capped brood, open brood and eggs. Add a cell if possible. Cut out any drone queen cells you see. A drone layer colony will not usually accept...
  11. Re: Southern Pennsylvania Small Hive Beetle Has anyone had their hives infested here

    Just saying if you see four beetles when you open the lid you have more than just four beetles in the hive. Nucs can be slimed by just four beetles in 3 days. 23 days later those 4 beetles become...
  12. Re: Southern Pennsylvania Small Hive Beetle Has anyone had their hives infested here

    Jeff you got the right idea about the beetles. It starts with just a couple from packages and other beekeepers in the area. Its the swarms of them heading north. I have spoken with many beekeepers...
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    Re: Timing of cell BUILDER setup

    We are pulling about 300 cells a day here in Ms. The weather has been alot better. Usually rainy everyday for the last week. I usually build the starter and finisher 5 days before the graft. This...
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    Re: Dadant screend bottom board w beetle trap

    Once the maggots are on the bottom board its to late. Trap trap trap. Its the only way to keep a hive from being slimed. Strong hives are less likely to be slimed, but thats what attracts them to...
  15. Thread: Shb!!!

    by PDG honey
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    Re: Shb!!!

    What type of bread. I know it was the protein. Just like soy flour for patties. You might be on to something for a new attractant for killing the devils.
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    Re: I think I found small hive beetles

    They aren't SHB. I have them as well on the outside of the hive. They don't hurt anything. See them alot around pine trees and on new hives with new hardware.
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    Re: Hive beetles in Mating Nucs

    We use micro cd baited. This works well. Oil screened bottom boards will not work because of the smell of the queens hole to hole. You might try beetle blasters b/w frames if you want to use oil...
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    Re: shb questions>?

    I have deviced a trap using a coffee can. I drill 6mm holes all along the side of the plastic can. I left an inch from the bottom clear of holes. I baited the can with fermented pollen and honey. ...
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    Re: shb questions>?

    Hello beetle lay any where there is food for their larva to consume. Bee hives, melons, and other pulpy fruit. The beetles are believed to be one of the main causes for the aggresive behaviore in...
  20. Re: Varroa - are they more an issue with Italian bees?

    Unhdurde you have heard some correct things. My Italians lay almost year around. They only shut down for about 2 weeks around Christmas. Now where you live they may shutdown longer. All bee have...
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    Re: My dealings with SHB

    Rick we do something similar. I don't use the boric acid because it doesn't kill them quick enough. My mixture is mostly pollen, little honey for fermentation, pollen sub. and fipronil. It kills...
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    Re: Splitting Hive

    Topdog we find the queen and move her with the split. WE just move her at least a few yards away. Place the new caged queen in hive. Leave her caged for at least 4 hours. Some breeds don't accept...
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    Re: Good idea for ants or will bees drown?

    Hello local beekeeper. I wouldn't do anything to the ants unless they are right next to the hive. Then just amdro them. The ant piles are good for cleaning up frames that have been contaminated...
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    Re: SHB and screen bottom boards.

    It all depends wether you use small cell wax as well. If so I would stay with the smaller hole size. The thing is the beetles must be chased into the trap. Some of the larger beetles do not fit...
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    Re: Deadouts and Small Hive Beetle

    Oberlinmom beetles can travel 5 to 10 miles a day without eating. Studies have been done in Australia with marked beetles. The things were let loose miles from a single strong hive with strong...
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