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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I'm interested in trying Stratiolaelaps next year, but I have open mesh floors so a lot will fall straight through onto the ground so I'm tempted to switch a couple of colonies to solid floors.
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    There's another thread with a link to the Bee Vet here in Devon. http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283817-Hive-treated-with-Strateolaeps-BOOMING&p=948626#post948626

    The website, with...
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    Re: hello all from devon england

    Not quite from your neck of the woods, but I'm in England.

    Welcome :)
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    Re: Hive treated with Strateolaeps BOOMING

    I don't know if you'll be able to read it because you're not in UK, but there's an information sheet (pdf) linked from this page...
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    Re: Hive treated with Strateolaeps BOOMING

    The UK seller of stratiolaelaps recommends adding them several times during the season, about a month apart. How often are you treating yours?
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    Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping?

    An eyelet punch - an expensive mistake that wouldn't take the broader width at the top of Hoffman frames, and broke the second time I tried to use it.
  7. Re: need advice; trying to save tiny wild colony, adding nurse bees?

    If you add a few nurse bees from two or more other hives they are less likely to fight. The mix of scents from three colonies will confuse them.

    To be sure you get nurse bees, you need to gently...
  8. Re: Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    Just to make you more confused, I'll throw in another idea.

    If the bees are only using two frames why not put follower boards either side of them, and put one of your medium boxes directly above....
  9. Re: When to remove isulation from below the outer cover?

    Especially if they have a metal cover, they can get fearfully hot. A thin layer of wood beneath the metal isn't enough to stop the heat moving into the hive, so insulation helps the bees keep cool on...
  10. Re: When to remove isulation from below the outer cover?

    Here they do, yes.
  11. Re: When to remove isulation from below the outer cover?

    I leave top insulation on my hives all year round. It keeps them warm in winter and slightly cooler in the summer
  12. Re: Your opinion please - who is qualified to mentor?

    Thanks.

    I don't want to stray too far off topic, and hadn't realised I'd completely turned off PMs. On again now, I think.
  13. Re: Your opinion please - who is qualified to mentor?

    What a nasty situation, but it's one I think could have happened at my club a few years ago if somebody was seen to be stepping on the old guard's toes.

    When I was learning we were expected to go...
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    Re: hive 300 feet from house?

    As we've got a similar forum name I should answer your question. :)

    Our first bees were only about 30ft from the back wall of our house. After the first year I moved new splits further away,...
  15. Re: Does hi-density styrofoam hold up well to the sun and other elements? Should I pa

    I have polystyrene (styrofoam) hives.

    It's advisable to paint them to make sure the tiny gaps between the poly granules don't fill up with algae, UV damage is less of a problem with new hives than...
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    Re: What smoker to buy

    I've got a large Dadant smoker. I don't always fill it to the top, but if I do it will stay lit long enough for me to do almost any task.

    I have two standard length hive tools, one of each design....
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    Re: Howdy. Got a few a questions.

    You might be interested in watching this fascinating talk. I don't think you'll find your ten minutes will be wasted.


    http://youtu.be/DDCyvNfzKrY
  18. Thread: Branch shaker

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    Re: Branch shaker

    Do you have a picture of this?
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    Re: Best materials for smoker fuel

    How much would you need for an inspection?

    I use almost anything I can find in my smoker, it might be pine cones, cardboard egg boxes or shredded cardboard packaging even though it's a bit tarry....
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    Re: Splitting bees from Top Bar to Langstroth

    If you put a queen excluder above the floor, beneath the brood box, of the Langstroth as well a frame or so containing eggs and brood you should have more success, otherwise you risk the queen flying...
  21. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I have Apivar in my hives at the moment, because I missed the brood free time to do oxalic acid. The New Zealand site http://www.apivar.co.nz/FAQs.htm#FAQ%208 says

    The strips are left in for a...
  22. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    Hi :)

    I don't know if this is any use, it's from New Zealand http://www.apivar.co.nz/FAQs.htm#FAQ%203
    In Britain we are advised to use Apivar either before the bees start collecting nectar in...
  23. Re: Royal Wildlife Trusts Call for Ban on Neonicotinoids

    I was once a photographer for a one of the wildlife trusts. Bear in mind that to do the job, as a volunteer, I had to fill in an application form, provide references, samples of my work and attend a...
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