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  1. #1
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    Default Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    I have caught three baits hives on my pile of 2005 and older combs awaiting melting. This swarm scouted for a week and chose a box full of EFB combs. Ten pounds of bees? They kept coming for about 15 minutes and filled a deep wall to wall and a softball size clump hanging down below.



    Later after re-organizaton with a box of Ritecell foundation on top.


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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    You are one lucky dog Frank.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    All I can say is, Awesome.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    Why would you have frames with European Foul Brood laying around. Shouldn't those be burned right away? I'm just asking...I have no experience with EFB...just what I've read.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    Quote Originally Posted by cjfoster72 View Post
    ...European Foul Brood laying around. Shouldn't those be burned right away?
    You're thinking of AFB.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    You burn AFB combs, not EFB. It is supposidly a "stress" disease that can be cured by re-queening and medicating. I have not had success with medicating and just melt them down now.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    That's a monster, 0 in my bait hives this year, & very few swarm calls.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    I melted all my EFB wax. Had a bait hive then had to swipe it or a nuc that got too big, don't really want too many hives out here, with the drought just more to feed. Wait til someone calls and go do a cutout, get paid, offset the sugar bill
    Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    Quote Originally Posted by KQ6AR View Post
    That's a monster, 0 in my bait hives this year, & very few swarm calls.
    That's my feeling over on this side also. Fewer baits every year, more guys chasing swarms, but caught a lot of my own.

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    Default Re: Humongous bait swarm coming onto EFB combs

    Here is the video of this swarm starting to come in.

    http://youtu.be/PvR0ybmcs1A

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