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    Re: Robbed Hive: Can I Use the Frames?

    The hive was one I had rescued and was always a small colony. No indication of any disease or problems. It was probably just too small and weak to defend itself. I had concerns that it would not...
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    Robbed Hive: Can I Use the Frames?

    I had a small hive robbed recently. Can I move the robbed frames into my other two hives when I put another super on?
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    How Soon Does a New Queen Affect the Hive?

    I have a very hot hive that I plan to requeen. How long does it take for the new queen to change the behavior of the hive? Does it happen quickly, due to pheromones, or does it take until her new...
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    Re: OK, Guys, I Am Confused and Need Help

    (I certainly deserve 'Grasshopper')

    Update: Opened the entrance slightly, a mass of bees was waiting to get out. Watched for a while and am convinced they are new bees. Yay!

    Will still look...
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    Re: OK, Guys, I Am Confused and Need Help

    Update: About 30 minutes later. Most of the bees have quit flying around, and are gone. Only a few bees at the closed entrance of the hive, no bearding. If it is robbing I expect it is due to one...
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    OK, Guys, I Am Confused and Need Help

    I am not sure if I have robbing or a flush of new bees. Here is what has happened the last 2 days:

    Yesterday morning I placed a new box on a hive, and moved one frame up into the new box. In...
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    Re: Do Robbers Kill Queen First?

    Thanks for the comments. I doubt that it was usurpation, since I imagine that would involve a much larger number of bees than I saw. I did peek into the hive this morning and it looked like there...
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    Re: Easy Water Meter Bees

    PatBeek

    Very interesting, good work!

    I have been working with water meter bees for some time with the local water company, and use a technique that seems to work well. It is more labor...
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    Do Robbers Kill Queen First?

    I have two colonies rescued from water meters. They are side by side on the hive stand.

    A week ago I added a second box to one of the hives. Yesterday I added a second box to the other. A few...
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    Re: Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    Thanks, I have never tried it.

    I am still waiting for my back-ordered Bee Quick to arrive, but at least at this time I do not need it, since all of the bees moved into the hive box and are now in...
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    Re: Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    How much is needed? My idea is to just dip a toothpick in it a little ways and put it into the bottom of the meter box. I only want them to leave the meter box and go into the hive box, not cause...
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    Re: Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    Well, went to the trap and (Yippee) all of the bees had move into the box, made a lot of comb. Easy to just pick up the box, put it on a base and took it home. Only a few bees wandering in the...
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    Re: Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    Wish I either had your experience or good vision to be sure I had the queen. I am seldom sure I have her. Thus, my question.
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    Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    I am working on trapping some bees from a water meter. I opened the meterbox and cut out all the comb (with larvae). Fixed the come into frames, put the frames into a bottomless box and placed the...
  15. Is it too early to put swarm traps out in Central Texas? What would be the harm?

    I have put swarm traps out in Central Texas in past years, with no success. Now I wonder if I just put them out too late? The weather here will probably still have some nights (and days?) below...
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    Re: Corrugated Plastic for SHB???

    Yes, I have seen the videos also. Do not want any poisons in my hives.

    Was just wondering if anyone had tried bare corrugated plastic with nothing added, hoping the SHB would crawl in and the...
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    Corrugated Plastic for SHB???

    Has anyone tried putting corrugated plastic in the hive to control SHB? I am talking about the kind used in lawn signs. If the bees really try to confine SHB when they are in a small crevice it...
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    Re: Watermeter Removal Plan

    Update: 5/29/18

    Moved one of the colonies to the bee yard. Used brush over the entrance, though it was apparently not necessary. They have settled in well. Had to go into the box to manage some...
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    Re: Best Bee Repellant??

    I like it!
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    Re: Best Bee Repellant??

    Water district needs to be able to get into the meter box. The lid always has a small hole for access, which is what the bees use also. They (the WD) would not be happy if I sealed the lid.
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    Best Bee Repellant??

    I am removing bees from water meters and need a repellent to treat the meter box so they do not return. What is the best bee repellant, and why? I would prefer to use a non-toxic, non-stinky...
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    Re: Watermeter Removal Plan

    Checked both meters. First one, which was quite small, did not move up into the box. Bees had made a lot of comb, though. Went into meter and moved all new comb into box and sealed it to the meter...
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    Re: Watermeter Removal Plan

    I now have two meterboxes set up and pending. Going to give them 2-3 weeks to move into the hive box before I move them. I figure there is no problem with their location, and the longer time they...
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    Watermeter Removal Plan

    I have been requested by the local water company to remove bees from an inground watermeter. They are, in fact, honey bees, and do not appear to be particularly aggressive (not AHB). If they turn...
  25. Re: Can a swarm high in a tree be lured into a trap?

    Well, I gave it a shot with some old comb and a couple of squirts of SC. They were not interested. Went back a couple of days later: Swarm gone, nothing in bait hive.

    Oh well, learned...
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