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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Talk to any yachtie friends you may know. Disposal of old sails gives those folks a real headache, and yet an old sail - even if stretched, worn-out, damaged, paint-spattered, whatever - could still...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    So this is established behaviour then, rather than just a temporary aberration this year ?

    I think Greg's solution to "Terminate these bees as unfit ..." is extreme but appropriate. However, I'd...
  3. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Fine - then you use Dribble, and I'll use VOA. Both of us will be using methods which we're happy with, and so there's nothing left to argue about. I'm NOT advocating that others don't use Dribble -...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    I reckon that's been covered pretty well.


    Well, apart from the "slow and deliberate" movements - some folks swear by the use of two cloths, which cover the frames leaving a gap between them for...
  5. Thread: bee stings

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    Re: bee stings

    Well that was also my story - a long time ago. The body takes a little time to build-up antibodies, and then can over-react when it develops a supply. My arms and hands in particular would swell -...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    +1 ... before opening a hive "think Tai Chi". :)
    LJ
  7. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I've never once used the Dribble Method, nor have I ever been tempted to use it - not because of what others say or claim - positive or negative - but for 3 reasons.
    Firstly, the presence of sugar...
  8. Re: Africanized Beehive ? Someone has tried ?

    At least one relevant source ("a beehive design for the tropics") shows horizontal hives being slung from underneath trees - presumably to keep honey badgers and termites away from the hives. It...
  9. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Hiya
    That assumes that the survivors 'actually survived the treatment', as opposed to simply not being killed during the process of treatment. The best example of this being mites protected by...
  10. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I've always found this claim of a connection to be somewhat 'fishy', as HIV is caused by a virus, and plague by a bacterium - which suggests to me that any transferred resistance must be as a result...
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    Re: I'm walking again.

    +1 ... and, if you were to make the box with splayed legs, KTBH-style, then the hive itself could offer some support for yourself whilst standing - providing you don't lean against it with too much...
  12. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Evidence of historical antibody production from hundreds of years ago, is not the same as historical adaptations continuing to offer modern-day protection to the same disease - if it did then there...
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    Re: Bee-shed idea ...

    BTW - I found his video "Warre Hive going strong ..." very interesting. I'd made the assumption from his accent that the guy was Indian (as in 'from India', not a North American Indian), but in that...
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    But is it really a case of "adaptation to treatment" ?

    Prior to Varroa arriving, there was no treatment for Varroa (obviously), but there was - from the Varroa's point-of-view - a total absence...
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    What RUBBISH. We do NOT possess resistance to the plague bacterium. The reason why plague is under control these days is as a result of improved Public Health measures and improved personal...
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    A totally different scenario entirely. Bacteria are single-cell organisms, and as such, any mutation which occurs stands a pretty good chance of being accepted.

    This is in marked contrast to a...
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    Re: Bee-shed idea ...

    FWIW - that guy has produced more videos related to his system, and I suspect he may have lost at least part of the basic plot along the way. In the first video (link as above) he mentions that these...
  18. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    That was exactly my thinking about Earthboy's take on the word 'systemic' too. :)
    LJ
  19. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    I get the feeling that there may be some confusion as to the meaning of the word 'systemic', as if that indicates some kind of bogeyman.

    It's best understood by looking at a non-systemic herbicide...
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    Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    Inverted jar feeder(s) sitting on top of a hole on the Crown Board (Inner Cover). Box on top to keep the sun off, roof on top of that. They cost nothing to make, zero drown and zero drip (if...
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    Re: Mite Treatment Cost Comparison Thread

    If you make your own vapouriser, then the cost of VOA treatment drops to a few cents per hive - so low that the cost doesn't even warrant thinking about. Time is a far more important factor than...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    Do you really believe that Oxalic Acid Dihydrate with a fancy label is any different than commercial Wood Bleach ? Technical Grade is Technical Grade - if you want Analytical Grade you'd need to...
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    Re: Bee-shed idea ...

    Thanks for posting that link - appreciated - it's a little different from what I had in mind myself, but it's always good to see what other people are up to. :)
    LJ
  24. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Exactly - the EU banned just about everything else in order to give glyphosate an easy ride, now they're going to ban that.
    LJ
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    Re: Bee-shed idea ...

    Thanks for the link Greg - not only did I miss 'the bee wall', I still had great difficulty finding it even though I was searching for it ! But I did find GG's 'alleged' shed.
    Huh - shed ? More...
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