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  1. Re: Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    Wax moths are nature's way of cleaning out deadouts and abandoned hives in the wild. A good, strong colony will clean up the comb in no time.

    That said, I just can't stand putting all that nasty...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    So very true JW!

    Make certain you are in compliance with state and local laws and, for the love of Mike, keep a low profile. Advertising your beek hobby to the neighbors all too often results in...
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    Re: Tangled Bees

    imo bees are never tangled. They are bearding, as RV says, or they are festooning, which is quite a sight. both very interesting to watch.

    BTW I used to own a 1954 Lincoln Capri. nice car and I...
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    Re: oxalic acid

    No one 'owns' an EPA approval, it is a public document. Oxalic acid is a common, naturally occurring chemical and no one owns a patent on it. Some producer or another might have patent on...
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    Re: How to care for gloves?

    Start with good goatskin gloves. Second, lightly oil the leather with neatsfoot oil or Ballistol. As JWP says, wash them while wearing. I hang them to dry. Then a light reapplication of oil and...
  6. Re: How to reintroduce bees from OH to original hive?

    Why wait? Just plug them back in during a lull in the rain. The nurse bees will key in on the brood.
    If you're really worried, there's no harm in doing a newspaper combine.
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    Re: oddity

    If you're concerned that the chickadees are eating too many live bees, offer them an alternative like a suet block and seed.
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    Re: Sissy Bees?

    Yes, we have sissy cows, but that is not to say that all cows are sissies! Feral cattle are a problem in several areas around the world, including northern Mexico. Did you know you can go hunting...
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    Re: Package Bee Feed

    try this thread on the subject and see if any of those suggestions work after these several years....
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    Re: A Dreadful Sting...

    As was said before, sting reactions vary considerably.
    I usually work my hives bare-handed. I don't get stung every time I open the hive, but it does happen sometimes. My first few stings to the...
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    Re: Ya Might Love beekeeping if...

    You might be a beekeeper if your Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes are stained with propolis.

    YOu might love beekeeping if you go to work with hands swollen from stings, and your coworkers don't see...
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    Re: Sissy Bees?

    How thick are the walls of a tree cavity hive? Man made hives in North America are mostly 3/4 inches of pine or other soft wood. I think natural hives may be better insulated than what we provide. ...
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    Re: Ballast stones?

    I would guess 'all of the above'.
    I know that I have seen HBs sheltering under the eaves of my house during rain storms. I would assume they shelter under leaves, too. I would also presume that...
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    Re: Bee's and Pesticides

    Great answer little john. I t never hurts to make new friends... or at least to know what you're up against.
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    Re: Beehive Distance For Newbies

    I keep 3 to 5 hives about 30 feet from my back door on my <1/4 acre lot, next to my tool shed. My next door neighbor lets me put a swarm trap on his garage (with success).

    My hives are oriented...
  16. Re: Forest fires smoke, so dense and long term? What's a colony's response?

    The 'gorging' response is now widely held to be false. Current thinking is that when we use smoke on our hives it serves to confuse and or mask the bees' chemical communication signals. In other...
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    Re: Camp Fire

    Hey! a new opportunity :)
    Glad you and yours are safe.
  18. Re: effects on the longevity and prolificacy of queens in hives submitted to OAV

    It seems to me there was a document that discussed that topic, but I can't remember where I saw it. But since OAV has been used in Europe much longer than in USA, I would probably look there 1st.
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Closing?

    Florida Laboratories is a manufacturer of OA. When you order OA from them, they include the correct and LEGAL miticide label.
    Please note: Oxalic Acid is a generic commodity, therefore, BM does...
  20. Re: Does Bright Sunlight Cause Confusion?

    yes, it can and does happen. You will find threads on this forum about bees flying out only to be found later lying on the snow. Don't worry though, you won't lose enough bees that way to matter. ...
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    Re: best way feed sugar bricks ?

    In all things beekeeping I keep it as simple as I can. Right on the top bars in a shim. AFIK the sugar brick acts as a quilt.
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    Re: Gloves, what I have used for years

    propolis is easily cleaned off my hands with alcohol.
    As much as I like good goatskin gloves, I still can't feel the bees under my fingers until it's too late.
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    Re: Amazon for bee supplies?

    Yes, you can get nearly anything on Amazon. Watch the prices, though. Sometimes it's more expensive to get "free" shipping than it is to get it from your favorite beek supply house. Also, Ebay is...
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    Re: Too many questions....

    Ok, you don't want to treat with chemicals. I can dig it. So I'm guessing you might choose to use vinegar, acetic acid, as an organic weed killer and/or soil amendment. Or, perhaps you use the old...
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    Re: Gloves, what I have used for years

    When I wear gloves it's only a 5 mil nitrile glove from Harbor freight. They allow a pretty good feel for the bees and some protection. Sure, they make my hands sweat and a sting sometimes gets...
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