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    Under Hive Treatment

    I've used DE under my hives for some time but am now seeing posts here and there that say the DE doesn't do anything if it's wet. With all the rain I was wondering if anyone has ever tried Crush of...
  2. Thread: Varroa

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    Re: Varroa

    We are all close enough (friends) that I'm sure what they are saying is true, and the guy next door I help with his hives when needed so I know what's going on there.

    Again, neither of these...
  3. Thread: Varroa

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    Varroa

    I live in southern Virginia and I'm curious. I only have 2 hives at present but I've retired and would like to get a lot larger by adding hives and possibly starting nucs to sell. I've made my own...
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    Re: White Clover Quetions

    white clover makes nitrogen and adds it to the soil so don't add it when planting clover or after it comes up. The honey bees will be all over it as it gets older and the heads start to really open...
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    Re: Sugar Syrup Ratios

    I use one pound of sugar to one cup of hot tap water (10 lbs sugar to 10 C hot water) and by stirring constantly it will all dissolve in about 5 min. I'm guessing this is very close to 2:1. Works...
  6. Thread: Hornet

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    Re: Hornet

    Mix up 1C vinegar, 1C Sugar, and 1C water. Hottest water you can get out of the tap will work. Mix well.
    Cut an inch hole in a liter soda bottle about 3/4 of the way up from the bottom. Add mixture...
  7. Thread: Hornet

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    Re: Hornet

    Is it a hornet or a Robber Fly?
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    Re: Wintering Singles

    I'm in Va so not that far north, but I did carry a hive over last winter that had only one deep box. I got a package from a person in June and the bees didn't build any further than the one deep all...
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    Re: Feeding sugar during dearth

    Sorry. I should not have named a name brand product on here. I apologize. My bad.
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    Re: Feeding sugar during dearth

    I've been feeding 2:1 to a weak hive now that it's very dry here in Va. There are three other hives very close by but there hasn't been any robbing. The weak hive is going through about a quart a...
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    Re: Will mosquitoe spray help keep bees away?

    :)
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    Re: Will mosquitoe spray help keep bees away?

    We just finished a 48'x32' shop very close to our 4 hives. As someone said above, they will come to "sweets" for a sip but we had framers, roofers, concrete guys and so on and no one got stung nor...
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    Re: My bees are pissed off

    I thought this was supposed to be a family friendly site.
  14. Re: Help Diagnose my problem, please !! (Video included)

    Not much on this site this time of year about winter tactics so here's a suggestion. If it's too cold to feed syrup you can try the mountain camp method. Worked great for me this early spring. You'll...
  15. Re: How do you keep the Warre top from blowing off

    My hives sit on two 2x6 boards screwed to two 2x4 posts (the boards are screwed wide side to the posts). With this arrangement it's easy to wrap a strap over the hive and the two boards. The straps...
  16. Re: tiny black ant infestation in top bar hive

    I have Warre's and Langstroth and had a similar ant problem with the tiny black ones. I mixed one tablespoon of Borax Laundry Detergent with 1 cup of sugar and just enough warm water to dissolve the...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I don't quite understand the way the bees do things as far as drone comb goes, but with foundationless it will look as though it's going to be all drone comb but a couple weeks later all is well with...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Sorry, I wasn't very clear. All my boxes are foundationless and I don't use excluders.
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Picture is the little brad driver that works great for close work. No sore thumbs
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Foundationless can be rigged up and works great. One side of the top of the frame, where foundation would go, can easily be popped off using a screw driver. Attach it back, long side down, with 4...
  21. Thread: Stings

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    Re: Stings

    Quick action when you get stung will help a lot. Keep something such as a credit card or a dull kitchen knife or whatever with you all the time (the ladies will usually have longer finger nails and...
  22. Thread: Ants

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    Re: Ants

    Be careful with this but it works. Make sure it's not where pets can get to it.

    1 C sugar
    enough warm water to dissolve sugar
    1 TBL Borax

    Dissolve sugar in a little warm water. Will take a...
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    Re: Leaking top bar feeder

    My opinion is that you should fix it. The more sugar that leaks the more danger of robbing, ants, ect, not to mention the mess.
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    Re: Considering changing to Langs

    I am only in my second year of beekeeping but I will share this. I started with two Warre hives and packages. The bees built down in both hives and I added a third box on both hives. By the end of...
  25. Re: How to Make an Oxalic Acid-Glycerin Towel (Video Demonstration)

    Question - I've looked at the video above and other videos about using this acid so I have a question about how safe this is for the bees? Yes, this acid occurs naturally in minuscule amounts - I get...
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