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    Re: Changes to my small hive beetle trap

    Mike, if you have solid bottoms, it's easy to add afterward. You can use a 3" hole saw and make the holes with the bees already in the hive because everything is done outside the hive. Just suit up...
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    Changes to my small hive beetle trap

    For those who might be trying this system, I changed the lids on my traps. I had been using screened lids, but they were troublesome to make and broke down after a while, some after two years but...
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    Re: Bees getting past follower board?

    Good idea. If the bees can't get into the feeder, they won't get into a trap. If the slots end up too big and the bees get in, you should be able to bend the "flap" that you get on the underside of...
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    Re: Bees getting past follower board?

    If you count the number of holes per linear inch, you'll get the mesh #. If it's 8 holes, then you're correct, but I haven't heard of that size. It's either #5 or 7. 7 is most common. I looked for 5...
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    Re: Bees getting past follower board?

    Dying bees will often look for out of the way places to die, too. Worker bees won't bother to remove dead bees behind the follower.
    #8 is working? I'm surprised. I would expect the holes to be too...
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    Re: Bees getting past follower board?

    Will, it's good to hear your remaining hive is doing well. Since you're not housing two colonies in one hive, there's no reason to keep the bees out. I think I mentioned to you before that I cut my...
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    Re: Lost both hives

    Feral swarms are the holy grail. I think you'll do well with them.
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    Re: Lost both hives

    The learning curve with top bar hives is steep, so take heart, we've all been there. Take your two empty hives and after cleaning them, look for any cracks, crevices, joints, or spaces where the...
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    Re: Lost both hives

    You're welcome, Chuck. Glad your hives are doing well against the beetles. They are definitely opportunists that can quickly overwhelm a weak hive.
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    Re: Brood comb in bottom of hive

    This is what I did with comb that was full of brood but too soft to reattach. It keeps the bees from attaching it to the floor. Once the brood is hatched out, if you have hive beetles in your region,...
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    Re: Lost both hives

    Here you go, Chuck.
    http://imgur.com/a/3YTzK?
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    Re: Lost both hives

    I have two hives with 3 jar mounts and they work just fine, although I do like the greater flexibility the 4 mount hives give me, so I think your problem was not having traps in place from the...
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    Re: Lost both hives

    Did you give them too much room because you wanted the bees to have access to the syrup? If so, drill an access hole in your follower board or cut off an inch from the bottom like I do. You can...
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    Re: Lost both hives

    Yes, definitely get a trap set up, or even better, a couple traps. From last week to this week I've seen a big upsurge in the numbers of beetles caught in my traps.
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    Re: Lost both hives

    Sounds to me like the hives got slimed by SHB larvae. It takes more than a couple of days for the beetle eggs to hatch into larvae and slime the combs like that, so your going in didn't suddenly draw...
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    Re: Update on Pest Control/Feeder System

    Thanks, Will. Being able to feed them without opening the hive and disturbing them while allowing them access to the syrup from inside has been one of the nice benefits. I like how you replaced the...
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    Re: Update on Pest Control/Feeder System

    Ha ha, you know what they say about great minds!
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    Re: Update on Pest Control/Feeder System

    I would think so, too. It would be especially nice if I didn't have to use lids, just cut canvas to fit and screw on the jar. That would eliminate most of the work since cutting the holes in the...
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    Re: Update on Pest Control/Feeder System

    I went to a number of stores looking for cross stitch canvas. All I could find was #7 canvas, the holes of which look too small to me (although I might experiment with it just to make sure). Online...
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    Re: How important are Ventilation Holes?

    If the bees aren't bearding, I'd leave them alone. If they start bearding and they don't open them on their own, then I'd remove the propolis.
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    Re: Full hive, some problems.. where to begin?

    Cutting out the brood-filled cross combing now will most likely kill brood. The combs aren't seasoned yet, so not only will you be cutting through brood, you'll likely cause the combs to collapse and...
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    Re: Update on Pest Control/Feeder System

    You're welcome. For anyone who already has a hive built who may want to try this, I retrofitted mine by first taking new boards, cutting the holes out and adding the canning rings. Then I removed the...
  23. Re: Started making hives w/fixed boards due to hive beetle issue

    You've done a great job of sealing up the hive. Like you, I seal my hives up so SHB can find no place to go. But I do have a few questions for you. Beetles will get in, so will there be traps of some...
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    Update on Pest Control/Feeder System

    For those of you who have been keeping up with my system, I've been experimenting with it, trying to simplify the lids in particular. I wanted to get away from the screened lids, which take the most...
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    Re: Full hive, some problems.. where to begin?

    I've used the galvanized metal rescue bars (and still have few in my hives), but these cardboard slings are a lot easier and faster to make, and hold weaker wax better than the metal prongs. Plus,...
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