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  1. #1
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    Default Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    All,

    headed to Florida to overwinter my bees and have them sit on pepper this coming week. Two questions. One, can anyone tell me about thier experience at the Ag checkpoint when crossing from GA to FL? Two, fireants. This is something I had not thought about. I run four way pallets and place them on the grass/ground. How do you address the fireants? thanks and have a great holiday.

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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    as long as you have FL inspection papers the ag station will be fine.

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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    Swarm trapper, thanks. We have coordinated with Florida and they are faxing the relevant paperwork to the Ag station. I was also given the apiarists home phone number to call her in the event there are problems. She also provided me with the fax paperwork she sent to the Ag station so I have a copy. Florida has changed thier procedures. If I had not been in touch with our Virginia inspector, I would not have known that.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    Just watch where u stand in tall grass while working bees and don't let the ants crawl up your pants! You will be surprised how fast u can get naked next to a linterstate. Don't ask how I know!

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    What changes have they made? For the last 20 years I just show my permit and they wave me by, sometimes they will copy it and my CDL. ANd the Fireants will all wait to bite you all at one time. Golden rule in Fl is every thing wants to sting, bite or just plan eat you. That goes for the plants too. so never sit on the ground with out looking first and wear long pants out in the wilds. Oh and watch out for sand burs.

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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    We were told that bees had to be inspected at home state and a cert of health issued, even if the bees originated in Florida and were taken out for pollination. Once we had that, we were to call the state and they would fax the information to the Ag Inspection station so they would know we were enroute and what time to expect us. Upon arrival at destiation, we are required to call the local inspector, let him know we are there and he will come out and do an inspection of our hives and issue a registration number after we pay a tax.

    As for the fireants, I was looking for advice on how you deal with them in the hives. But I appreciate all info since this is my first travels to Florida with the bees. thank you everyone.

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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    I haven't had much trouble with fire ants
    and the bee's. They seem to be hard
    on beetles though. Just don't kneel or stand
    on sand mounds

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    Yeah, the fire ants don't start to bite until they get up near your crotch, then all hell breaks loose. You will be surprised at how quickly you will start to remove your clothes.

    Been there,

    Tom

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    Default Re: Headed to Florida with my Bees, would like some info

    knock on wood I have been bit by fireants yet. One of my helpers got it this past spring handling NUCs. I never see any issue with the fire ants inside the bee boxes. Usually they like to get between the boxes on the outside. I been thinking about setting them all on pallets to help alleviate that issue.

    Good luck in Fl.

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