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    Re: powdered sugar mite treatment

    Once a month, every month I can work the bees, which is 10 months out of the year, is enough to keep the mites in check for me. If I do notice deformed wing on workers or even spot mites, I might do...
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    Re: Comb drawing experiment worked

    I noticed something similar on the hive I was feeding in Sept. I use short bottle feeders in a medium and as an experiment put frames with my wax foundation in them. The bees drew out the combs...
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    Re: Rough Cut Boxes?

    Thanks for posting this Hankstump. I was just getting ready to post a similar question in the FB groups. I would love to hear more options. I bought a bat house a couple of years ago and they had...
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    Re: powdered sugar mite treatment

    I've used powdered sugar on each comb of bees each month in all my hives since 2013 and have not noticed any brood kill. You are sugaring the live bees, not the comb or open brood so if applied...
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    Re: Does anybody recognize this SHB trap?

    There is a similar one called beetle barn. I bought mine from Miller Bee Supply in NC, but it was 1.50. https://millerbeesupply.com/product_info.php?products_id=406
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    Re: Post-mortem of a TBH

    can you post a photo of the brood comb that had the dead larvae? Did you see a queen and all forms of brood during your mid-September inspection
  7. Re: would the type of DE for SHB maggots make a difference?

    I regularly use the food grade diatomaceous earth on my solid IPM boards in my beehive with great success against SHB.
  8. Re: Stinger Removal Question RE: Hair Removal Wax Strips?

    the majority of the bee venom is pumped out within 20 seconds, so just get the stinger out as quick as you can (unless you are purposely stinging for apitherapy purposes, like I do)
  9. Re: Top Bar Fall Comb Management Questions

    my bees with the entrance on the short end tend to do this, and I just let them configure it how they want it.
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    Re: Too late to try for new queen?

    I am in coastal Virginia with foundationless topbar hives and still have tons of drones, but others with Langs/foundation have no drones. I'd think it's too late in PA to get a naturally mated...
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    Re: Replace feeding 2:1 with sugar block?

    here in coastal Virginia, we have warm winters and very busy bees in the box. I put a sugar brick in all of mine in December and sometimes need to replace it in January, as they seem to work it...
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    Re: Black pollen?

    if it were spring, I'd say it was crimson clover pollen, but too late in the season for that. Possibly kudzu pollen, which is more of a purplish color. As for a supercedure cell, it can be iffy in...
  13. Thread: Hive smell

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    Re: Hive smell

    It's not just the bees and brood but also the volatile compounds in propolis and other hive products that are part of the api-air
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    Re: Top Bar Comb Mgmt Question

    when you say the are halfway drawn, I'm assuming you mean there is just a small paddle of comb, and not that they are only half way to the floor of the hive, correct? If so, I would not consider...
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    Re: Top Bar - Expand the Broodnest?

    I always like to get my comb drawn in the brood nest as opposed to at the end of the brood nest. Bees can always backfill worker brood comb with stores for winter, but they won't lay worker brood in...
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    Re: Selling Queens

    start by selling to your local bee clubs and others in your state. you are likely to have fewer regulations if you are not crossing state lines. Be prepared on what you plan to do if the queen dies...
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    Re: SHB in top bar hives

    I do it in each hive every month that I can work the bees. If I ever notice deformed wings on emerging bees, then I step it up to weekly for 4 weeks.
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    Re: SHB in top bar hives

    I like to use diatomaceous earth on the solid IPM board underneath the screened bottom of the hive. any beetles that fall through will die in the dust. To encourage "housekeeping", I powder sugar...
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    Re: Package Split?

    If you have fully drawn comb of 25-30 bars, I wouldn't hesitate to do an even split, giving more of the capped brood to the new location since the foragers are going to go back to the old location.
  20. Re: Transporting a couple of bees for Apitherapy question

    I can keep my apitherapy bees (5-7) in a small mason jar for 2-3 days with just a drop or two of honey on the screen
  21. Re: Disturbing hive with newly emerged queen

    Sorry, just gotta say I'm in my hives with newly emerged queens all the time, and without incident.
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    Re: Virginia queen breeders

    It's possible that I will have some. Depends how bad the dragonflies get. Send me a message once you get closer to the date you are visiting Virginia Beach.
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    Re: Virginia queen breeders

    Do you get to this area? I'm not too sure about shipping queens since USPS has been experiencing delays
  24. Re: Too much bottom bee space - how much of a problem?

    it's not a problem at all. Just gives the extra bees space to congregate. You might get some burr comb, but it's doubtful.
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    Re: Virginia queen breeders

    I'm far from being a queen "breeder", but I do raise queens off my treatment free stock in Smithfield. I work in Hampton just off I-64.
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