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    I would recommend against adding frames full of...

    I would recommend against adding frames full of bees from another hive. Those bees are probably all dead. Bees from another hive are considered enemies.
    I usually take a super with frames full of...
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    Re: Swarm just flew away today - now what?

    In the spring I almost lost a good swarm that way from a hive that had become honey bound. I saw them go about 100 feet high into a tree. Knowing that they don't always go to a permanent home right...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Feral bees are not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has been looking for that special feral swarm that has survived naturally for 10 years. LOL
    They might be the most valuable swarm you could cross...
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    Re: Full Sun?

    I live in South Carolina. I keep mine in full sun but I use screened hive bottoms and screened inner covers. The bees can keep it cool with enough ventilation.
    Beeswax melts at 185 F.
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    Re: cleanup for wax moth in combs

    XenTari at a more reasonable price.
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    Re: Cockroach Bait for SHB

    I also use this mixture inside "Beetle Barns". The bees won't eat this.
    Place one or 2 of these on the bottom board.

    To Kill Hive Beetles:
    1 teaspoon of boric acid
    2 tablespoons of Crisco
  7. Re: Slimy Comb from Hive Beetle Larvae maybe - salvageable?

    That works for me too.
    But I would also like to recommend putting the frames in a freezer for at least 24 hours before putting them back into any hive. They could have SHB eggs which could spell...
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    Small Hive Beetle Tactics That Work

    When I lived in the north I didn't even know what SHBs were. After moving to South Carolina I became acquainted with these evil, hive destroying creatures.
    As far as pests go the small hive beetle...
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    Re: Trying a new beetle trap

    As far as pests go the small hive beetle is my worst nightmare. As I've mentioned before I have Minnesota Hybrids and haven't treated for mites in years. However the SHB can take out a hive in a week...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Good luck, because suppliers of MH queens and bees are very hard to find.

    My hope is that anyone with good sources for MH queens and bees would post them here.
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Optimists got us to the moon. Realists said it couldn't be done.
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I have already experienced this. People get an idea stuck in their minds and its hard to dislodge it. Let them keep working their butts off to keep their weak bees alive. LOL.

    Where did I hear...
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    Re: Cockroach Bait for SHB

    I use beetle jails, 2 on the outer edges of each super, (1 on each side). I use apple cider vinegar as the bait. The beetles are quite attracted to it.
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    UPDATE:
    No mite problems yet. I still haven't treated.

    However living in South Carolina my worst threat seems to be the SHB. I have lost hives from these pesky little beetles before. I really...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    In one post I said "(over 2 years)" and in another I said 3 years.
    3 years is over 2 years. Not sure the issue you have. Would you like to correct my grammar too? Did I miss spell anything?
    Maybe...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    What strain of bees are they? Italians?
    Nucs are selling for a pretty good price right now on craigs list, if you wanted to reduce that way.
    If they're producing bees like crazy put more honey...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Sorry, I misunderstood your reply. :)
    I have heard a lot of good things about Perdue Ankle Biters. I hope you update us on how they work out for you.
    I am also hearing a lot about an apiary that...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    The word "forswear" means "agree to give up or do without (something)".
    Basically I said, "Stop" the coddling of wimpy bees with synthetic chemicals. The whole object should be to breed bees that...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    If you're tired of battling varroa, the first step in getting the upper hand on the mite is to forswear the coddling of wimpy bees with synthetic chemicals.
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    Re: VSH or Minnesota Hygienic

    Instead of VSH, try Minnesota Hybrids. They were bred for honey production as well as mite resistance. I haven't treated for mites in years and a new swarm is on 2 deep brood boxes in the first...
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    Re: gravity honey extractor

    It can take up to 4 days or more for the honey to drain from the comb in a gravity extractor. I'm not sure if you were aware of that.
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    If you want treatment free bees read this thread.
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?342006-My-experience-with-Minnesota-Hygienic-bees

    A lot of people post there and want to argue,...
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    Re: Minnasota Hygienic's

    I got my MH bees from a 90 year old beekeeper who couldn't keep bees anymore and sold out. I started with one hive. Its been several years now. I didn't start with queens as some do. I have 6 hives...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I started this thread on 01-13-2018, asking for members to reply with their experiences with Minnesota Hybrids.

    Update:
    I have 6 hives now, all from the same stock. I have never treated these...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    When the scout bees find a suitable location for the new swarm they leave a scent behind that smells similar to lemongrass oil. This is why LGO attracts and also helps the bees stay at the new...
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