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    Default Propolis trap

    Do they work? Are they really any different than a queen excluder other than the location of it? My bees are really good at gathering it, I figure I might as well harvest it and get paid for it.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: Propolis trap

    Size of the openings is smaller than QE. Too small for the workers to get through, so they close them up.

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    Default Re: Propolis trap

    I can't say if they work better than a piece of screen door screen, but they DEFINITELY work better than a queen excluder.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Propolis trap

    Ok, thanks.

    How do you remove the propolis from a screen door screen?
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    >How do you remove the propolis from a screen door screen?

    Roll it up, put a rubber band on it, put that in a large garbage bag in the freezer. When you unroll it (still in the garbage bag) the propolis all pops off because it's brittle. The same method you use for a propolis trap...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Propolis trap

    Thanks.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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    Default Re: Propolis trap

    Is there a particular time of year that you put the propolis traps on? I assume you would not want them on while the nectar flow is on? Maybe sometime after you pull your honey supers for the year? Any advice on how to harvest propolis with traps (timing, season, etc.) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Propolis trap

    Anytime the weather is warm they will gather some propolis. They seem to gather the most in the fall, the next most in the spring , the next most in the summer and none in the winter...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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