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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    I've got no personal experience, but have watched videos on the internet. :D

    If there's no immediate threat to the colony in it's present location, you may have luck doing a variation on the...
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    Re: Ants emptied one box

    Invert it, and smear the grease on the underside, where the grease is sheltered from the weather.
  3. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    I don't know if anyone can guarantee that, but I've never heard of bees getting killed by OAV unless they were burned.
    I'm in Northern VA, and treat several times through the winter with one-shot...
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    Any bees that don't come from my boxes....
  5. Thread: lizards!

    by Greeny
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    Re: lizards!

    I had some hives near a small stream. I would often find green tree frogs under the lid edges. I was already a little anxious of the bees, I'd nearly have a heart attack when one of these frogs...
  6. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Best-
    Getting better at finding queens. Have found a few this year in less than an hour.

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    I'm still really bad at finding queens.




    I laughed out loud at this. I've run from a...
  7. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    Like Groundhwg said, it's never too early. I got the greenlight to site hives on a farm in the fall, I went ahead and set up two empty hives there. Installed splits there in the spring and we were...
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    Re: Hive stands on concrete pavers?

    I use pavers and they work fine for supporting and leveling the hive stand. I don't think they'll help with SHB unless you also put down a ground cover under the pavers. Probably even that won't be...
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    Re: Mann Lake's mill run hiveware

    I've been watching too, there hasn't been anything exciting. I suspect there won't be sales as good as the past, as there isn't as much competition now.
  10. Re: Victory in Lessening Restrictions for Beehives in Prince William County, Virginia

    I've had no issues in PWC. Is this an HOA restriction? Curious what the particulars are.
  11. Thread: Hornet Nest

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    Re: Hornet Nest

    If the hive is low enough (accessible) in the tree, a shop vac positioned near the entrance works great. Position a step ladder with the hose secured in place with duct tape. Have the switch turned...
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    Re: Bee yard site questions

    I am currently very urban. There aren't any fields or pastures within 5 miles. Two hives here do very well. I believe it is because of the wide variety of trees and flowers in the established...
  13. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    I don't even clean them up much. I've had some made very nasty by SHB and moths, I just scrape them off, and rub wax all over them. The bees finish cleaning them up and rebuild the cells.
    My wax...
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    Re: Hornets & Bumblebees Feasting

    I see Bumble bees trying to rob, but haven't seen them haul off bees yet. We do, however have the black and white monsters like the one in your picture, plus black and yellow/orange ones. We call...
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    Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    You have to be feeding lots of bees besides your nuc.
    Are you using food coloring in your syrup? It will be interesting to hear nearby beekeepers commenting on the green or red or blue honey in...
  16. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    Well...
    Moving off the original topic, but someone is still getting that job, whether it's a county employee, or a contractor working on a contract. When the work is contracted out, they're just...
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    Re: 4 hours till picking up hives

    Looking good! Seems you're off to a good start. Pollen collecting is a good sign that they're settling in to stay.
    I suggest you turn your entrance reducer over, notch facing down. It makes it...
  18. Thread: Bee Vaccum

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    Re: Bee Vaccum

    Cute cat!
  19. Thread: Cloudy Honey

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    Re: Cloudy Honey

    I take a piece of plastic cling wrap, carefully lay it onto the surface of the honey wrinkle free, and then carefully lift it off from one side. All the floaties and foam come off on the plastic....
  20. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    I would fix it, ASAP, having useable comb is a huge time-saver for the colony and will jump start their build up.
    I did a similar cutout re-hive, and even knowing the cell slant issue and actively...
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    Re: Inner cover screen?

    My inner covers are also notched so the bees can use it as an upper entrance with the outer cover pushed forward. I've never had any comb built in that space.
    Screening that over would remove the...
  22. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Bees build comb with the cells angling downward, toward the center of the comb. Think of it as keeping the wet nectar from running out. It looks to me like you have some of the comb situated upside...
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    Re: 4 hours till picking up hives

    It is very distracting and hard to inspect if my veil is covered with buzzing angry bees trying to kill me. When they get this fired up, a couple always find a gap and get inside my veil. (I don't...
  24. Thread: Adding Box

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    Re: Adding Box

    If there's no threat of cooler weather chilling brood, I pull a frame or two of brood from the bottom box and put them in the new box above the main brood. Replace the frames in the bottom with new...
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    Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    It's not bad bee keeping, and it's probably pretty common for newbees. I know I looked at most frames when I had my first two hives.
    But it's generally not neccessary to handle and eyeball every...
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