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  1. #1
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    Default Grafting - how to remove bees

    When pulling a suitable frame for grafting what method should be used to remove bees without damaging larva?

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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    I just use a brush to sweep them off the frame
    Tom
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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    The young larvae are very robust and are hard to injure. With that said, gentle shaking will get many bees off without dislodging the larvae....a brush or tall grass will finish the job.
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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    The young larvae are very robust and are hard to injure. With that said, gentle shaking will get many bees off without dislodging the larvae....a brush or tall grass will finish the job.
    Thanks deknow. You addressed the question I did not ask but was interested in "how susceptible are the larva to shaking?" Unfortunately I have a lot of practice as I have had to do shake-outs of laying workers on 2 occasions this spring.

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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    I use a turkey wing, they don`t get that po ed like they do with a brush,,,,,,,,Pete

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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    Quote Originally Posted by oldiron56 View Post
    I use a turkey wing, they don`t get that po ed like they do with a brush,,,,,,,,Pete
    I find it hard to get the turkey to stand still....
    Donny

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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    Ha!

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    Default Re: Grafting - how to remove bees

    I give them a few hard shakes, then smack the top bar with the heel of my hand until the stragglers are off.
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