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  1. Re: When getting 1st hives they should come with a warning label

    I've found that five hives is about my limit for time and equipment. Was up to eight a few years ago and couldn't take care of them properly then the mites and small hive beetles moved in. A great...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles - one at a time....

    I use a piece of 1/4 inch screen in a wood frame that sits over a container of soapy water. When I see a frame with SHB's on it I smack the frame against the screen. Most of the bees bounce off the...
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    Re: Need help with heavy mite load

    I believe by saying "uncapped brood still gets exposed to OAV" I was referring to the fact that the breeder female mites are moving into the uncapped brood which I'll admit is a bit misleading and...
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    Re: Need help with heavy mite load

    I'm targeting the mother or breeder female mite with the shorter treatments that is only phoretic for a short time as she moves from brood cell to brood cell. Mites either go directly onto the worker...
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    Re: Acquired Hives

    A soaking in bleach water is all you need then let them air dry. Scrape and wire brush out any loose dirt first and inspect the frames looking for loose joints and renail if needed. Any old...
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    Re: Need help with heavy mite load

    Dudeit, "you need to check your math. 4 treatments cover a total of 12 days. you would be treating on days 1,5,9 and 12. Worker bee larvae are only under the cappings for 10 days. Uncapped brood...
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    Re: Need help with heavy mite load

    Four treatments four days apart doesn't even cover one brood cycle of a bee and is only 1 1/2 times the life cycle of a mite, two mite life cycles would be a minimum to expect any type of control. I...
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    Re: Skewed test result on alcohol mite test?

    I think I ran 4 seven day treatments and 4 four day treatments along with the last two treatments 2 days apart. I wanted to hammer them before the short Florida winter hits. My numbers showed the...
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    Re: Skewed test result on alcohol mite test?

    I just finished an extensive series of OAV treatments on a hive, counted the mite drop for seven day treatments and then shortened the treatment time down to 4 days. The four day treatments had a...
  10. Re: Found wild colony-cut out or leave til spring?

    I can't see the hive surviving through the winter unless you do something. I would leave the hive in place and winterize it with insulation and a wind break if possible. A simple mouse guard like a...
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    Re: Acceptable (?) Percentages of Mites...

    I've found that treating a hive with OAV for six treatments spaced four days apart is the most effective way to treat a heavily infested hive. It covers two of the mite's life cycles and gives a much...
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    Re: Cleaning honey extractors

    I'm with Tim on using cold water for cleaning out an extractor. I use and old reversible Kelly which is kind of portable at 85 lbs and drag it out of the shop after extracting where it gets hosed off...
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    Re: Which battery for oxalic acid vaporizer?

    The math says that a lawn battery will work. Take the watts needed to run the vaporizer and divide it by the volts and you will get the amps required. Most vaporizers have around a 150 watt heater...
  14. Re: Store honey frames over the winter wet or dry?

    I put my wet supers back on the hive for two days and let the girls clean them up before putting them in storage for the winter. I always figure that the bees can use the extra honey and wet frames...
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    Re: Hive configureation going into winter.

    I would leave it alone, by the time spring comes the bees will have moved into the top deep which is where you want them when you invert the boxes.
  16. Re: Lost hives due to SHB. Freeman traps did not help.

    Sorry about your loss to SHB's, I've been fighting them for years since they wiped out five of my hives six years ago. I've gotten pretty ruthless when it comes to SHB's and here's how I keep them at...
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    Re: 2019 plans/hopes/goals lets hear em!

    Been using a stainless steel sink for decapping for years, when you make the base build it tall enough to fit a 5 gallon bucket under it. Set up a shelf to hold the decapping knife and scratcher. If...
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    Here's a picture of the finished unit. 43393. i'm using SBB's with trays on all my hives, to use the OAV I pull the tray and slide the metal sheet in to replace the tray. The wand lays on the metal...
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    Re: Hurricane proofing apiary

    Last year I strapped my hives down but had a big old tree fall into the yard knocking over one hive, go figure. I'm in Florida and just south of Daytona Beach and made it through the last two years...
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    Re: Fell Down With Full Box of Bees!

    I was moving a box over the weekend and dumped a bunch of bees on my shoes. They took offense and gave me a good eight or nine stings through my socks. Luckily I was able to keep them from crawling...
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    Re: Too late for making nucs in VA?

    how is your drone population? can't get a virgin queen fertilized without a bunch of drones. I'm down in Florida and have stopped making nucs or splits for the year but I don't graft queen cells...
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    That is close to what I'm building but doesn't have the temperature shutoff I'm using. So far I'm into mine for about $45.00 but will have a good seven or eight hours in the build when done.
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    Well I'm taking the plunge and am currently working on a DIY vaporizer. The heating element is a Autolite 1107 glo plug that has M10x1 threads on it. I'm using a 350 degrees high temperature cutoff...
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    Re: Has anyone tired this on Small Hive beetles

    I take an extra screened bottom board and lay it over a plastic tray filled with soapy water. When I come across a frame loaded with SHB's during an inspection I take the frame and smack it against...
  25. Re: Heat treatment of varroa mites, anyone have any reviews?

    "Each round of heat treatment saves me about $390 in Apivar" sounds like the equipment is paying for itself already. I'm only running 5 hives so it will take a bit longer to pay off a unit. Going to...
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