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  1. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    Jackam et al,

    Thanks for your great advise. I had planned on checking PA laws... though I have done it for groundhogs and other problem critters. I do know how to handle a gun and have a few more...
  2. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    Thank you for all your replies and the precautions. I do have both a single shot .22 and one with a clip. Good to know about the game laws re: pests. I'll look into getting some florescent paint-...
  3. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    I don't have an air rifle but do have other types. About 6 years back, and before that, I did have problems with the skunks bothering the hives but not in the last few years.

    These are all good...
  4. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    rwlaw,

    I didn't know about the ammonia soaked rags. We might try that first.

    Thanks for the idea,
    Tanya
  5. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    To begin- I do give the lead treatment to groundhogs and some racoons but since skunks are nocturnal and you can't shoot after sundown...!

    We are having LOTS of skunk "emissions" at night and it's...
  6. Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    I was looking for something that kills the grubs that skunks eat. Been having some very unpleasant nights.

    I found "Imidacloprid" but then found it was a neonicotinoid, which I understand is a...
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    Re: How much syrup is too much?

    I realized I was giving the wrong impression- They started out as nuc's but are in full ten frame hives now. If that makes a difference for your replies.
    They need to build up- Got the second nuc in...
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    Re: How much syrup is too much?

    Supers still on. On two of them the 2nd hive box was put on recently and there's still a fair amount of space for her to lay. Thought they would put the extra nectar in the supers above. Of course I...
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    Re: How much syrup is too much?

    Casper,

    I didn't used to feed them much before this year. And I've never seen them take so much.

    If it's OK to give them that much, I'll invest in more sugar.

    Thanks!
    Tanya
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    How much syrup is too much?

    I started with two nucs that now have two hive boxes and two supers on them. Also a swarm that I just added a second hive box. There doesn't seem to be very much nectar now, so I'm feeding them sugar...
  11. Re: Anyone Near Jay, Maine Who Can Help Me Catch A Swarm?

    A couple of times when I had a swarm out of reach I tied a drawn frame to a long pole and propped it into the swarm (or very near it). You could tie the pole to your 16' ladder or whatever is handy....
  12. Re: What techniques for washing pollen out of frames

    Thank you, Michael. I had thought the frames that were pollen bound were not re-usable.

    Tanya
  13. Re: What techniques for washing pollen out of frames

    When is the pollen too old? These frames are from last year.

    Tanya
  14. What techniques for washing pollen out of frames

    I am trying to free up some of my frames that have pollen in them. I just tried to spray the pollen out and got only a few cells done. How do I do it so that it's more efficient?

    I have some nucs...
  15. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    Pete,

    I haven't seen any SHB yet but I know it's in PA. I'm in the southwestern part. The other beemen locally haven't had any either. But I think I'm going to ask around to see about it.
    ...
  16. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    So far, I don't have SHB. Hope I never have them!!

    Tanya
  17. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    I wouldn't spray it on ready to be extracted honey. I was thinking of frames that have some sealed honey in the corners- or something like that. Ones that would be stored.

    Tanya
  18. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    Pete,

    I did order it online.

    Tanya
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    Re: Use of Aizawai or ZenTari

    Thanks, Rusty.

    Tanya
  20. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    Thanks. I read and saw both your links. I guess they can't be sprayed on any frame that has any honey in it. Is that correct??

    Tanya
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    Re: Use of Aizawai or ZenTari

    I seem to have gotten two threads going about this...

    It was a good learning experience to find out about this Bt. Thank you very much for your information. Not sure where I will get it but will...
  22. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    Thanks for the information and the links.

    My chest freezer is close to the top too.

    Does this also lure swarms?? Or just for wax moths??

    Tanya
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    Re: Use of Aizawai or ZenTari

    Does the Xen Tari actually attract bees (swarms?) or is it only for wax moth. So if it's BtA then it's OK? Just to be sure.
    Tanya
  24. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    Yes, I have and the feeling is the same. I have frozen my frames of honey and have used the moth ball smelling granules. I like to experiment so will try the Xentari. It sounds good.

    Tanya
  25. Re: Is leaving dead outs in the bee yard a possible swarm catcher?

    Is the Xentari used by many beeks? I was wondering if there is any downside to it's use.

    I guess it only comes in powder form- to be mixed and sprayed...

    Tanya
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