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  1. #1
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    Default Robbers are back!

    Saw a black bee trying to get into my remaining hive yesterday, so today I checked in the morning and afternoon -- plenty of hives around to provide robbers.

    Sure enough, this evening there was a big commotion on the landing board and bees fighting. I put an entrance reducer on, but it didn't really fit well, I'll have to go out tomorrow and pry up the bottom box, the slot is a bit tight. Or look for one I made that fits. Anyway, since it didn't go all the way in, I put some scrap wood on top and in front so that there is only a couple bee's width of space for entry and exit.

    Things quieted down quite a bit. Stuffed a couple cracks between boxes as well (will glue some wood on this winter to close those up). I'll check in the morning to make sure they are still OK.

    No bees got in the hive, none were leaving heavy and there are no traces of wax or honey on the entrance. I closed the upper entrance, and had a lot of bees investigating the seams between boxes, so I think I'm still OK. This hive isn't up to proper strength yet from superceding the queen a while back, another round of brood will get them up to scratch, but that's a couple weeks away.

    Too late tonight, but tomorrow I'll probably make a robber screen and fix things up properly, I'd hate to lose this hive, they made a good honey crop too.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Robbers are back!

    Fighting on the board is given that robbing is ongoing, Bees bussing around hives, underneath or around top cover is a good indication thay are investigation, finding the easiest way in. Make a robber screen maze. Basically use 1/8" or smaller mesh. so that the bees come out the reduced entrance and leave vertically or to the side. Usually deters the robbers, they want a quick meal.

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    Default Re: Robbers are back!

    This is what robbers look like

    Good Luck, Mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Re: Robbers are back!

    **** THEM ROBBERS!!! Pesky little devils! LOL!!!!

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    Default Re: Robbers are back!

    They are somewhat more than pesky around here, they ripped a weak hive of mine apart earlier.

    Fortunately, although the bees dislodged part of the "stacked scraps" robber screen I assembled in a hurry this morning, all is well. Big orientation flight going on when I got home, there for a while I thought I was done for, but they seem to be doing fine with the entrance reducer in place.

    Thousands of hive beetles in the oil tray though, I'll have to stay on top of that.

    I'm going to even up the boxes this winter too, to cut down on the cracks. Annoys me endlessly. Robbers look a great deal different when they are flying in and out of the entrance, though, carrying honey and dumping brood outside.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Robbers are back!

    Quote Originally Posted by psfred View Post
    They are somewhat more than pesky around here, they ripped a weak hive of mine apart earlier.
    I had a minor problem 3 weeks ago. One of my splits had a failed queen, the bees absconded and pandominum errupted. I smoked a few thousand bees out of the box. The robbing improved greatly the next day once the hive was gone. Still some investigators until rain stopped it.

    1000's of hive beetles sounds bad. I got a normal summer population in my hives. A few here or there. Squashed about 4 per hive yesterday. Im gonna try putting alumum catering pans under the hive with mineral oil. See what falls in!

    I got a few wax months in my splits, no webs but I see the larvas doo doo on the inspection board. My buddy left a few brood combs out in the yard in a box and forgot about em, wax moxes infested, hundreds of em. Then he released them in the yard. What a dumb ass, hes new so can't be too hard on him. Im thinking that is the cause of my problem, usually wax months arn't an issue around here unless a hive is really week, like in spring with alot of open comb and small populations of bees to guard. Once the population grows the bees run the moths out. These splits are pretty strong and queenright. Hoping the moths clear up after the next brood cycle..



    Has it been really dry in evansville? We'de been blessed with rain all summer long, knock on wood the cold front drops an 1in this weekend!

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