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  1. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    Ahh, the old "meat is wasteful" argument.

    The utilization of animals and meat is what has allowed--and continues to allow--our capability to produce in areas w/out the possibility for crop...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Anybody know if there is a beekeeping store in Brussels that would sell this? Will be there in March and would like to pick some up if I can.
  3. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    Come on, now. The thinking statement had nothing to do w/ the hazards of round-up but referred to the fact that some seem to think it is used everywhere for the " uniform maturation of the crop"...
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    Re: Guardian

    I got a few to try out this spring w/ some new equipment. From what little I could dig up, they seem pretty effective if there are not other points of ingress into your hives--like a SBB.

    From...
  5. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    I, too, was wondering where this crop maturation stuff was coming from. No surprise Roundup is the target from all the media hype ever since the WHO IARC classified it as a group 2A potential...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Steve, where do you plan to obtain it? As far as I am aware it is not registered in the US so you'd have to be in the EU to buy it.
  7. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    Thanks for this! When do you bag? Right after petal drop when the ovary (fruit) starts to swell? Any fungal issues?
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    Re: Apivar and Small Hive Beetle

    Not really. The active ingredient, amitraz is both an acaricide and insecticide. There are products w/ amitraz labelled for use against insects such as psyllids and lice. The difference is in the...
  9. Re: An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s Diet Was Discovered (or How To ID a Monst

    A better comparison is to spiders--but the mites don't outright kill their prey/hosts. They are in the same class: Arachnida.

    Mosquitoes also have other compounds that elicit inflammatory...
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    Re: Bt kills Varroa Mites

    Bt can only kill if ingested. And passthrough control methods won't work because it is the action of gut enzymes combined w/ conformational changes due to gut pH that activates the killing power of...
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    Costic acid for Varroa control

    Just FYI. Came across this at some overseas biocontrol lab meetings I attended at USDA ARS yesterday. Being looked at for control of cattle tick fever but dug up the article for potential Varroa...
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    Re: Wintering Inner Cover from Mann Lake

    What I do is make sure I slide my top cover forward so the back butts up against the inner cover. This usually leaves a 0.25-0.5 inch gap between the top and inner cover at the front. I also make...
  13. Re: Bees drawing in February; is there nectar out there or are they using stores?

    Maples probably.

    My hives seem to have added a few pounds this last week as the red maples opened up and I am seeing some wax flakes on the bottom boards. Will open next week-end for a cleaning...
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    Re: A Sad Week for Pooh Bear

    +2 on the treatment free stuff. The only time I was semi-successful was when I spit them every spring and let the mother hive die out every second year. In fact, I still have a hive from this stock...
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    Re: Hive Swarmed Today

    Do you have references for this? I used for the first time so obviously want to stay ahead of that curve. Tactic and Apivar may have the same active ingredient but the delivery mechanism is...
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    Re: A Sad Week for Pooh Bear

    I would get some splits from his hives and then use appropriate treatments timed with the seasons. I just came back to this board after a year or so away and am shocked at all the OAV late...
  17. Re: Phylogeography of Partamona rustica (Hymenoptera, Apidae), an Endemic Stingless B

    Nothing of use for keeping Apis mellifera--honey bees.

    This article is talking about population divergences of a stingless bee as it relates to past climatic norms a long time ago.

    He scans...
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    Re: Hive Swarmed Today

    Analysis sounds good.

    Freeze the frames for a few days to kill the SHB larvae. Use a soil drench under the old hive to kill the pupae.

    Since you already opened the Apivar strips you might as...
  19. Re: New research shows Varroa mites are made up of Oxalic Acid Vapor

    Yes, I was guilty of this when I first started. Even thought I could go treatment free. Can be done here with yearly splits and good stock but I got tired of seeing hives die out on their second...
  20. Re: New research shows Varroa mites are made up of Oxalic Acid Vapor

    If it were me, this close to winter, I'd bomb w/ MAQS to kill the mites under the cappings as well--especially in MN. I haven't visited this board in a while but started getting questions from folks...
  21. Re: Mite bottom board counts and my experience with oav

    I kept tallies like this when I first used MAQS. Amazing. When the bees tell you that they have a mite problem it is almost too late. I only treat once a year but try to get the #s knocked down...
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    Re: insecticide article

    So all we really need is an adjuvant that inhibits sucrose sensitive neurons and we are good, CCD solved.

    Being sarcastic here. Unfortunately, CCD is most likely due to a multitude of factors...
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    Re: Adding a brood box to a medium?

    Bees move up much easier than down so on top is best. I do this all the time and keep my hives at one deep and two mediums--w/ the deep between the mediums. Gives me the benefit of all mediums w/...
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    Re: adding additional supper too early

    Several issues here:

    Deep frames to medium bodies. You will have comb build on the bottoms of the frames that will be a huge mess in two weeks time. For foundationless the hive must be...
  25. Re: Dead bees cover the landing board and the ground, suspect nosema, what to do?

    Doesn't sound like Nosema if you are not seeing the streaks--I would not treat as a preventive. I have two guesses for you:

    1. If bees had not flown for a week it could simply be the...
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