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  1. possible reconfiguration with frame feeder (to avoid it becoming a beetle hotel?)

    I'm outside feeding lately (dry autumn so far, no real rains in sight, little-to-no nectar available and so-so pollen) and spoke with an engineer last night about an issue I see with using...
  2. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    OK -- it's appreciated. I have cedar shavings I could use. Would clean pinestraw be an option?
  3. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    Obliged!

    BTW, my little manuka seems to be thriving. Nice little bright-red blooms on it. Winter's not far away so that'll be the real test ....

    Mitch
  4. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    Thx much, guys; I wasn't aware the stickiness issue would be a problem. Makes perfect sense to me, though. I just dumped a gallon of syrup into a dish (no water in the lid underneath, though --this...
  5. mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    I've been outside feeding lately (using dishes of syrup placed in shallow trashcan lids with a little water in them - to keep out ants). I know the cautions about outside feeding but still choose to...
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    Interesting point, R -- maybe the sequence could metabolically confuse the eggs? That tactic has been shown to work under other circumstances and species; no idea re: moth eggs .....
  7. Re: Are moth eggs susceptible to paradichlorobenzene?

    OK -- if you use the "search" box and type Bt-k or wax moth treatments (along those lines), the posts should pop up.

    Re: the maggots showing after Tx .... I didn't expect that, but then again, the...
  8. Re: Are moth eggs susceptible to paradichlorobenzene?

    That's what I was told originally last year, but in the meantime, the consensus seems to be that Bt-k is as good; there're lots of posts in the Forum that indicate that (unless you have some new...
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    OK, fish -- I'm sort of on a crusade here this a.m., so .... I'll continue, for now: per folks with lots more experience than I, freezing doesn't kill wax moth eggs. As far as I can tell, it zaps...
  10. Re: Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    You cited that you froze the frames; was this to kill off the moths? From bitter experiences -- and what all the old-time beeks tell me -- cold doesn't bother moth eggs at all. I've frozen [for a...
  11. Are moth eggs susceptible to paradichlorobenzene?

    Here's the story: I removed frames from a "collapsing" hive in summer (bee #s vanishing, etc, and some SHB maggots appearing). Froze them for 2 weeks, then stored them in large plastic bins (not...
  12. Re: OAD dosage and unwise to do a dribble during a dearth?

    Thx a million, Ark; I don't know where that 135 came from (could've been a disaster maybe).

    I think our dearth is supposed to end pretty soon (once the goldenrod starts to bloom), so .... best to...
  13. Re: OAD dosage and unwise to do a dribble during a dearth?

    OK, Coal -- as near as I can tell (from Randy's chart), I would use 45 g OA crystals in 1 L of 1:1 sugar syrup. Does anybody take issue with that?
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    FWIW .... I read an article in a European mag the other day, comparing hives perched on even stands, close to each other, and all painted white versus hives kept a # of feet apart, of different...
  15. OAD dosage and unwise to do a dribble during a dearth?

    Can anybody, off the top of their head, tell me the correct # of grams/unit vol of wood bleach to use for a OA dribble? Seems like it was 135 g for a L -- last time I used the commercial stuff.
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  16. best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    I had lots of good feedback to my earlier post re: eliminating moths/maggots. That said ....

    How do I treat the frames? I have manually-operated sprayers, so .... just spray the solution on each...
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    Re: Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    I do freeze - but for 2-4 weeks! As some old-timers have told me, over and over, cold doesn't seem to bother moth eggs at all. May kill the adults, but .... it's a chicken-egg thing, I guess.
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    Re: Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    Gross! The "eggs" make the little monsters even more unappealing to me.

    I have some Bt-k. Might be time to use it!

    Thx, all, for the data!

    Mitch
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    Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    I'm having issues with moths on my old frames (I keep in the house) -- I washed/scraped them (all have plastic foundation) in fall, and have kept them in the air inside (not in the usual plastic...
  20. hived swarm robbed out; should I have not fed them?

    I hived a tiny swarm several weeks ago (using 2 nucs put together). Once I moved them to the formal hive stand, I placed a Boardman feeder into the top nuc. Figured the bees needed all the help they...
  21. Re: Tried-and-true tactics for helping a tiny hived swarm survive?

    It's appreciated, guys. I'll give 'em some time and see what happens, then take it from there.....

    Mitch
  22. Tried-and-true tactics for helping a tiny hived swarm survive?

    While I'm on the Forum ....

    I persuaded a small swarm (2 handsful, maybe) to move into a bait box last week. They're coming/going and toting pollen (even at this late date; we're well into a...
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    Re: one-two punch using Apivar and OA dribble?

    Much obliged, troops, for all the input. The takeaway from these, I guess, is to just do what I usually do -- July Tx with 1 agent, Oct. Tx with another, and so-on in Feb-March .....

    Mitch
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    one-two punch using Apivar and OA dribble?

    Maybe an academic question, but ..... would there be a downside to using Apivar strips and an OA dribble for mites in a hive at around the same time? I mean, if I have the strips in a hive, why not...
  25. Re: process for selling honey locally (sall-scale) ....?

    Thx, guys; I figured there'd be the usual regs involved. I'll ask some local beeks too (maybe; I'm not sure if they like the idea of competition -- although where mine would sell wouldn't be in the...
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