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    Re: A Changing Landscape

    Just go down to your local chain grocery store.
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    Re: A question for Thyme oil users.

    Thymol is the active ingredient in both products. Not sure what you're after here. :s
  3. Re: How to make DIY Apivar for a 1/100th the price?

    Good luck trying to make that at home ;)



    Never heard of oxytet.
  4. Thread: OAV or Apivar?

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    Re: OAV or Apivar?

    So it sounds like you prefer Apiguard over Formic Pro? I know you use others but just curious about your preference between the two of those.

    I know you hear this a lot but great job with your...
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    Re: Tung Oil Inside The Hive?

    Bees "varnish" the inside as they see fit. I see no benefits in tung oil on the interior - just risk without reward.
  6. Thread: Varroa 12%

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    Re: Varroa 12%

    Yes, as other have said, don't delay - start with some treatment method(s) now to have a shot at saving them.
  7. Thread: MAQS failure

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    Re: MAQS failure

    Live Oak - just wondering if you've tried Apiguard and if so, what is your experience with it?
  8. Re: Bee with torso up stinger out like a scorpion?

    I've seen it a lot and more commonly in cooler weather. I think they do it to "light up" anything that brushes up against them.
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    Re: A question for Thyme oil users.

    Look up the Apiguard and ApiLife Var products. I believe Apiguard is the more popular of the two and is supposed to work very well. I'm going to give it a try next year. I really like OAV but it's...
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    Re: bees dying off every morning

    Deformed wings is a sign you still have mite issues. I'd follow up with 4-5 rounds of OAV.
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    Re: Disappointing Fall Inspection

    Glad you have the issue identified. Maybe hit them with several rounds of OAV to try to give them a fighting chance. Be sure to seal the hive up for ten minutes after using the Provap.
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    Re: Disappointing Fall Inspection

    Weighing the hives is a good data point to have I guess but you haven't provided us with any information about the mite situation in your hives. Have you done mite counts? What method of mite...
  13. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Interesting. Were you doing an experiment or something?
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    Re: Disappointing Fall Inspection

    I'll second the excellent advice by JoshuaW. If a hive that's light won't take syrup something is wrong. A lot of times it's a high mite load. Combining the weak ones and splitting in the spring...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    Thanks RickR!
  16. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    I've seen inconsistent results with OAV as well. In order to have a shot at good results, it is so labor intensive it's impractical if you have more than a few hives even with a band heater...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    Anyone have an Amazon link for the right BT to use?
  18. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    Thanks ericweller!
  19. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    For mine, it's about two minutes from the start of vaporizing until it's back up to operating temperature. Easy vap sounds faster.
  20. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    ProVap (band heater). Faster than the wand style but still fairly slow.


    How long have you been doing that? I'd love to hear any lessons learned or any other wisdom you'd have to share. Thanks...
  21. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    I was considering trying out the oxalic acid shop towels but not now because I have consistently heard it didn't work on the east coast. Even with a ProVap, I'm REALLY tired of my OAV only approach....
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    Re: Queen not Laying

    What is your mite situation with that hive?
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    What sort of temperatures is the heat of July for you, wildbranch?
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I had a hive that did that last fall. They were low on stores but refused to take syrup. They looked okay otherwise but I knew something was wrong with them. They starved out in early December. ...
  25. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I'm leaning toward trying that eric. Are you referring to Apiguard?
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