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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    apivar is 50% additional cost to maqs. not arguing, i use apivar after i pull honey when i have also used maqs on same hives when i put honey supers on.
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    i wouldnt say it stop swarming. there is a blip in their growth. the queen ceases laying for ~3 days. this cuts the amount of OPEN brood in half or more. open brood is claimed by some to be a...
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    i have used maqs the past two springs and will continue to use a formic product every spring. i apply two pads to singles when its time to put first honey super on. entrances are half width. no...
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    good points here. i will add that i typically see an influx of mites starting in september right after i pull my treatment strips. dont be so sure that there are no other hives within flying...
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    Re: Mite Treatment

    i think if you are going to treat this late you are correct to use something fast acting like formic rather than something slow like apivar. but i would be very cautious with a 2 pad application. ...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    ^ i think this is key! healthy robust colony that has not been disturbed in the fall such that they can properly organize their winter nest. i started using reflectix last year with no upper...
  7. Re: Fall hive inspections - what should I be looking for?

    you are looking for a guarantee in beekeeping?!?
    i bet our southern friends would argue that swarms wont emit this time of year.
    what if bees swarm now due to high mite loads or unfavorable housing...
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    Re: Fall Flow in Central NJ

    yes, last year was a bust. we had the soil moisture but nights didnt get cool until the second half of october.
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    Re: Fall Flow in Central NJ

    early goldenrod does not produce nectar. this can start blooming the end of july. there will also be japanese knotweed blooming at this time if you have areas with loamy wet soil. goldenrod flow...
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    Re: Smallest truck for pollination.

    TOYOTA: its what all the terrorists use!
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    pic 1: is that an entrance reducer?
    pic 2: i see propolis marks from an entrance reducer. was it pulled more than a week before applying formic?
    pic 3: if that is all the bees from a single (or...
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    ^^^THIS^^^
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    Re: Happy Honey Harvesting Day in Jersey

    great deal, been a banner year for us!
    good on yah for the apivar. how did you mite sample? alcohol wash is best. and make sure you are collecting nurse bees from the brood nest.
    i store my...
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    https://foresthillbeesupply.com/store/
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    Re: Formic Pro Temperature Range

    daytime high temperatures. highs below 80 for the frsit 3 days is what i like to see. i use in spring
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    Re: Bees in the trash

    probably not as bad as the stuff your neighbors are spraying around their properties.
  17. Re: Taking off supers. Were do all those bees go?

    i cant in new jersey
  18. Re: Feeding through a dearth? Good or bad idea?

    if you want to keep the pissy foragers busy during the day then open feed VERY light syrup. this keeps them busy. if there are other bees in the neighborhood that you dont want to feed then use an...
  19. Re: OAD dosage and unwise to do a dribble during a dearth?

    look on randy olivers site.
    dribble during dearth will incite robbing.
    dribble is best when there is no sealed brood.
    get them in one box so they can finish preparing for winter.
    apivar...
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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    i would think it too hot in illinois for MAQS right now, and def dont use two. i use MAQS in spring and apivar in summer when i pull honey. feed at same time as apivar.
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    did you label your supers "HONEY" so the bees know not to put sugar syrup in those boxes?
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    Re: MAQS on single deep hive

    single deep, single strip, medium honey super. entrance at half of full width. solid bottoms.
    edit: i will then come back 7-14 days later to remove strips, confirm viable queen remains, and add...
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    Re: MAQS on single deep hive

    i treat with MAQS in the spring when i put my first honey supers on. so the short answer to your question is yes. MAQS when above 80* highs is rough on the colony.
  24. Re: Anywhere to get a Mated Queen in Central NJ?

    did you look on carigslist?
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    Re: Oxalic dribble die off

    cant dribble during a dearth.
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