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    Re: SHBs still Alive Alive O

    SHB's are smart enough to stay near the warm cluster, so they can survive the Winter. I never had hive beetles until I bought packages from Georgia. Now I buy local packages or California packages...
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    Re: Xentari BT Old Stock

    This is probably why my comb treatment didn't work last Fall. I'll buy new Xentari this Fall and confirm the production date.
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    Re: OAV Treatment for Winter

    I thought we were back to thinking 3 treatments, 7 days apart? You think 4 treatments, 4-5 days apart is more effective?
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    OAV Treatment for Winter

    I treated with OAV on September 18, 25 and October 2. I won't be available to treat in early December for a broodless treatment, so whats my best option? I was thinking I should do another triple...
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    Hive Body Repairs

    I have several hive bodies that are 6-7 years old and have some soft spots/rotted upper finger joints. Do you cut out the soft wood and replace the piece with a new piece of wood, or replace the...
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    Re: SHB Not In Certain States?

    I had small hive beetles for the first time last year. I think they came in my bee packages that were from Georgia. I just bought some beetle blasters that I will put in the hives this year, if...
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    Re: OAV This early?

    Radar, I would guess that the queen has started laying some eggs in preparation for late March and early April pollen. I won't unwrap the hives to check, but l'm pretty sure there would be some...
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    Re: OAV This early?

    I have never tested for mites, just treated. When I took my beekeeping class 5-6 years ago, a professional beekeeper told us "either treat for mites or buy bee packages from me every year". I have...
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    Re: OAV This early?

    Jwcarlson, you need to read closer. I never said I was supering now. I said that I typically treat 3 times just before supering. Last year I treated March 14, 21 and 28. I put my supers on April...
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    OAV This early?

    I did 3 treatments late September/early October and then 1 Treatment the end of November. I typically do 3 treatments again, just before I put the honey supers on(all treatments 7 days apart). ...
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    Beetle Towels?

    Have any of you tried the Brawny Beetle Towels that Mann Lake is selling? I had beetles in a few hives last year, so I was going to order some beetle traps. I saw the towels and wondered if they...
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    Re: Whn are you putting on your Sugar Bricks?

    Lauri, for those of us that don't have your sugar brick recipe, where can we find it? I have been using a candy board with 16 lbs. of sugar that I mix in a small amount of water and apple cider...
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    Re: Iowa

    I caught 6 swarms this year, but only 1 last year. This was my first year being retired, so I was around full time for people to contact me about swarms. I also get calls about hornets and wasps,...
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    Spraying Super Frames with XenTari

    I just extracted 19 supers and have all the frames in the freezer, where I will leave them for 3 days. Should I spray them with XenTari when I remove them from the freezer, to keep out wax moths...
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    Re: Extracting Your Cappings?

    I do not have a wax melter, so I typically put a liner bag in a crock pot to heat my wax and form a block. I will check out some wax melting videos. Thanks for the tip!
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    Extracting Your Cappings?

    Do you take the time to extract your cappings? I bought 3 capping bags a few years ago and tried them in my extractor. I didn't think it resulted in much honey, but I'm curious if others find it...
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    Re: What Triggers Your Extraction Timing?

    We don't really have a dearth in my area. Something is always blooming unless we are in a drought. Our soybeans are just getting ready to bloom and that's usually good for 1-2 supers per hive.
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    What Triggers Your Extraction Timing?

    I'm curious how you decide it's time to extract? The last few years, I have extracted the first week of August and again the first week of September. After that I feed if necessary, treat for mites...
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    Re: Iowa

    50074, Ringgold County, Iowa

    Two more swarms. Is anyone else reading this post? No reason to post if I'm the only one on here.
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    Re: Treating Swarms for Mites?

    Definitely in an isolated area!!
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    Re: Treating Swarms for Mites?

    2 swarms were in my apiary and 3 were 1-2 miles away in trees.
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    Treating Swarms for Mites?

    I have 8 over wintered hives that I did the OA 3 treatment, 7 days apart, early this Spring. Then I started 3 new packages that I treated before I hived them. In the last 3 weeks I have caught 5...
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    Re: Swarm Landed on my Hive

    I sprayed them with sugar syrup, brushed them into a pail and placed them in a new hive. It was a larger bunch than I thought. I gave them two drawn frames and so far they are staying in the hive.
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    Re: Swarm Landed on my Hive

    Would you brush them into a pail or box to look for the queen, or just slowly move the bees around in the ball? They are hanging under and behind the landing board, so it's hard to see behind the...
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    Re: Swarm Landed on my Hive

    I'm wondering if one of the queens is outside below the entrance. There is still a ball of bees a little larger than a softball hanging out there. Should I just wait until morning to see how things...
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