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    Re: Powdered Sugar Shake

    I plowed around the internet a couple of years back to see if there were any studies on this. I found one university study that looked at any danger to brood from application of powdered sugar. ...
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    Re: What air compressor do you have?

    I have one of those ubiquitous little oil-less pancake compressors. Noiseless is hardly a moniker I'd give it. These things are a lot more irritating than the old belt-drive poketa-poketa machines...
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    Re: Anyone have musical SHB?

    Up at our cabin, if we hear banjo music and it is any good, we know Al Spencer has made it up to check his lot.

    http://www.themountainstatebluegrassexpress.com/What_s_New.html

    If we see a SHB,...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    "Pointed head" means nothing.

    The pit vipers have a very distinctive head which is nearly an equilateral triangle, on a neck that is far narrower than the back of the head. The pit vipers also...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    Yup, if you see an honest-to-gosh Cottonmouth Moccasin north of Richmond, VA, it is in a zoo.
    I have gotten a number of calls in my life from people who say they have a Copperhead in the house. What...
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    Re: treating varroa with supers on

    It would be like sprinkling Barkeeper's Friend (a cleanser made of OA) on a plate and then eating off of it without even rinsing. It wouldn't kill you, but who in their right mind would do it?
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    A friend of mine keeps yard chickens (a 4H project that won't go away), and reports that he has no grasshoppers, and that they'll even kill mice. I suspect he has few snakes as well. So maybe this...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    I've been a fan of snakes since I was a teen. We have both timber rattlers and copperheads in WV where we keep our bees, plus milk snakes, black rat snakes, racers, and a few little ones that hide...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    I finally got the MG to give up the list she's been working on. She's targeting our apiary in NE West Virginia, but her MG experience is in Northern Virginia. P is pollen, N is nectar.

    The last...
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    Re: Pine vs. Cedar Boxes

    The other upgrade you'll find advertized is cypress. It is another rot-resistant wood that a lot of people like to keep un-painted. My personal experience with cypress is as replacement trim on the...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    Canada geese adore dandelions, too. Which would be fine except for the green droppings on the sidewalk.

    When we got our first nucs, while the bulk of our bees came out to orient, one diligent...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    In town, where we don't keep bees, the only thing I use on the lawn is corn gluten meal as a pre-emergent weed inhibitor and feed. This stuff is more commonly used as a cattle feed, so it is pretty...
  13. Thread: My new beevac

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    Re: My new beevac

    But, but ... you two couldn't be old roosters. Old roosters eat bees.

    I'm just watching over here, knowing that plug-in shop vacs tend to be very strong, suspecting that rechargable shop vacs are...
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    Re: Using a Blacklight to see eggs

    The reason UV lights work on certain "biological fluids" (you see them used on CSI shows for urine and semen) is that the UV light causes phosphorus to glow, and those things contain phosphorus. I...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    I found my wife studying a couple of her bee plant and gardening books tonight, and she's working on the same idea. She rattled off some plant names for windbreaks that sounded like good bets, but I...
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    I've seen several species of fruit tree grafted on a unrelated stump. Its amazing what they can get away with. If you tried it across animal species, you'd get a huge immune reaction and it would...
  17. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    If you are asking Phoebee, I haven't bought any yet, but was thinking about ordering some online. We have a few volunteers, from which my wife swears she has gathered seeds, but I never can get her...
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    We have one in the front yard but we don't keep our bees here in town. I suspect bees will use them, but have no direct knowledge. My bee forage charts say pears are good sources of both nectar and...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    Just going over a bee forage poster, evidently boxwood produces both plenty of pollen and moderate nectar. I would not have guessed.

    Boxwood is non-native, but has been in Virginia about as long...
  20. Thread: My new beevac

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    Re: My new beevac

    I'm guessing you guys base these on cordless shop vacs? What models work?

    I use Milwaukee M12 tools, but their shop vacs are 18V and 28V, so I'd have to get a charger and batteries for anything...
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    Re: Pollen coming in!

    We had a few bees coming back with pollen earlier in the week, although not huge loads. We suspect maples, of which we have a number of varieties. Pollen colors varied, with grey, brown, and orange...
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    Re: Elevated Hive Location?

    I have about 10 hours of experience with this, when I brought a stressed-out obs hive home from the county fair and let the bees out for a much-needed bathroom break. When they first emerged, few of...
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    Re: Maples a good source of nectar?

    So they tell me. My charts say the pollen is available before the nectar by about a week.

    But there are a lot of varieties. Looks like sugar maples bloom early, and red maples later, and there...
  24. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    Well, shucks, could you get much better than living next to a prairie reserve?

    http://prairieecologist.com/2012/09/11/bees-in-a-restored-prairie-landscape-so-far-so-good/

    That links to this...
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    Re: Using a Blacklight to see eggs

    My wife and I have hit our 60's, and seeing eggs is a challenge. The best thing I've found is a large LED worklight I hang up behind me, so the light comes over my shoulder. The sun would be fine...
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