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    Re: Chinses Swarm commander

    I don’t know if I’d call it convincing. A side by side comparison. Turned out that I caught 10 swarms….5 for each.
    https://youtu.be/uHtivqGNyMo
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    As I said….the things that Randy Oliver has been doing aren’t anything new. This selection process has been going on for decades already. I have yet to see any sort of true breakthrough.
    By the...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    As I’ve pointed out in the past, what Randy Oliver is doing isn’t anything new. In the decades since the arrival of varroa, professional entomologists and geneticists have been conducting bee...
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    Re: Failed OAV treatments?

    I haven't seen any sort of 'cheap' vaporizers. Maybe we have different definitions of cheap.
    What brand?
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    Re: My beetle trap is working ???

    It isn't this. There isn't anything that you've put into that cd case that will attract any mites.
    PS....I find it a bit difficult to believe that shb are a significant issue in Indiana.
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    Re: Cockroach Bait for SHB

    I believe that this is a fipronil based small hive beetle trap that is approved in Australia. According to the studies, it is extremely effective and doesn’t contaminate the hive or kill bees.
    I...
  7. Thread: Runny Honey

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    Re: Runny Honey

    On the other end of the spectrum is manuka honey. It is so thick that it can’t be extracted using a conventional centrifugal extractor. Ask Oldtimer.
    There’s a pretty wide variation in the...
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    Re: amitraz resistance

    He makes a reference to checkmite. Do you think that was a mistake?
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    Re: Georgia Fall Flow ???

    In the past twenty years, I haven't seen anything that would remotely qualify as a fall flow.
    My advice is to let them have whatever comes in and feed as needed.
  10. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    As I think about this, I recall that the quarterly survey is a recent addition. The annual survey has been ongoing for years. The quarterly, if my memory serves me, may have been triggered by the...
  11. Re: Queen replacement strategy advice needed

    First….in what way are those queens ‘underperforming’?
    What I would do is pinch the old queens. Install the new queens in their cages and make sure that the bees in the hive are unable to reach the...
  12. Re: not new to bee stings, but I just had a real bad reaction

    An allergist can test you for bee venom allergy.
    or...you can wait until next time. Either you do ok or possibly die.
  13. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    By all appearances it looks like they are only eliminating the quarterly reporting. I suspect that the annual survey will continue.
  14. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    I participated for a number of years. They would send out the forms and if they hadn’t gotten a reply in a couple of days…they’d be calling and next thing you knew one of their people would be...
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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    I thought Elizabeth.
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    Early and Late Season Splits - a video

    I did a talk at the Oglethorpe County Bee Club in Crawford, GA on July 15. The topic was Early and Late Season Splits. I have attempted to record a number of talks over the past couple of years...
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    Re: Thymol effects on queen rearing?

    Agreed!
    If you feel the need to treat for mites at this point, I would recommend Apivar.
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Grease Experiences

    I read your entire post. I didn’t see any mention of wintergreen in it.
    All the same, I think my reply is still correct.
    Good luck.
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Grease Experiences

    Some sort of food grease (like Crisco) and sugar? If so, don't count on it helping any. Sorry.
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    Re: Forager bees to the rescue...maybe (NC)

    Perfect.
    For whatever it's worth, I am scheduled to do a talk tomorrow evening for a nearby bee club on late season splits. One of the issues I'll be addressing is avoiding robbing. I hope to...
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    Re: Forager bees to the rescue...maybe (NC)

    although your title says NC, it might help long term if you go to your profile and add a permanent, more defined location.
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    Re: Beetle barn traps

    The problem, I think, with using a sticky coating is that if it extends anywhere near the entry points the stuck beetles will quickly clog up the entrance.
    I expect that you could 'bait' them with...
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    Re: Failing split

    Might this be the result of DWV?
  24. Re: Help! Queenless hive and likely dead virgin queen

    One addition I might make to Oldtimer’s answer is that when they ‘reserve’ a ring of empty cells in the brood nest, this is a pretty good sign that they are queenright. It isn’t a slam dunk but….i’d...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    I used the term theory. I certainly never suggested that it was 'dreamed up'. The whole idea makes intuitive sense and, as is often the case, is a product of personal observations. That should not,...
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