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  1. Re: Lost hives - How to store honey over winter to restart in Spring?

    Why put them in the freezer when it's below freezing outside.
    Cleanout the dead bee and screen entrances to keep out mice and ants.
    In CT I don't see any wax moth damage until end of May so they...
  2. Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Difficult to judge your conditions over the net.You may have pollen coming in but bees won't draw comb unless there's a good flow or lacking that,feeding and warm temps.You have to judge for yourself...
  3. Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Not in SC but have had Rus in CT for a few years.If you have brood on more than 50% of the frames move them up asap.They will fill a nuc in a blink!
    Give them plenty of room to expand and try to...
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    Re: Mowing rows

    Used carpet is free for the asking at most carpet stores.Who wants to mow?
    Occasional weed wack around the bear fences to get the stragglers that a spring Roundup application doesn't control.
  5. Re: Respirator suggestion to use with Easy Vap

    Agree with Harry.
    What you never hear on social media is that respirators come in different sizes for different shaped faces.
    Or that you should always perform a positive and negative pressure test...
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    Re: Honey extractor choices

    If you are new,I wouldn't rush into an extractor purchase.Have you joined your local or state bee club?Almost all have loaners or rentals.
    Have you been to any meetings where there are equipment...
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    Re: Solar Wax Melter for JW Palmer

    Wax melters and grills both last a lot longer if stored inside during the off season.
    My wheels are from an old lawnmower and are pretty good on semi rough terrain
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    Re: Solar Wax Melter for JW Palmer

    Took a couple of pictures yesterday.
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    I try to mount my traps under a limb so I can use a rope to lower that huge swarm you didn't notice for a month.
    The more traps you put out the greater your luck.
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    Re: Honey extractor choices

    A quality stainless extractor like a Maxant will hold hold its value and can easily be resold.
    A cheapy ends up in the trash.
    PS. Buy extra supers.When the honey comes ,you need to grab it!!
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    Re: Solar Wax Melter for JW Palmer

    Many years ago I built one from the plans posted by Deb.Worked well but I recently built a new one that is more efficient.
    A few tips.
    Make your pan and wire basket wide enough to accept a deep...
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    Re: New Smoker

    Ok Mike, what didn't you like?
    Is this like the old Ford vs Chevy debate?
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    Re: BioVar varroa mite treatment

    Could only find one study published 2013.
    It sounds like a lot of work.In the study they removed frames from hive and sprayed each side with the diluted fungal spores.
    ...
  14. Re: Jumpsuit and jacket for ocassional use?

    These are cheap and easy to use.
    Have them bring their own long sleved shirt or get a couple of Tyvec suits.

    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-vest-with-hood-m-l
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    Re: Bees moving to neighbors hive?

    Mite crash!
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    Another free smoker giveaway

    Cam't win if you don't play!
    https://youtu.be/JwtZTam09L0
  17. Re: Dadant two piece heated bottling tank

    Hard to see what your problem is.
    First thing I would do is replace any galvanized fittings.
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    Re: Worm wood

    I worked for a company that had a small mill and I can attest that once white pine turns to punk it's worthless.
    If you value your time and labor,the cost of fresh logs is negligible.
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    Re: OAV, putting the risk in perspective

    Always enjoy reading Dick's post on BEE-L and usually learn something new.Rather than trying to glean information from" the opinions of others",it is best to know of and listen to the experts.
    ...
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    Re: inner cover

    With the notch down(winter) that gives space for a pollen patty.On my inners,notch up only gives aprox 1/4 in
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    I vote buckets . Once honey crystalizes,it never totally liquifies again.If placed in jars,there will be a slight layer of crystals in the bottom of the jar.If you store in buckets,you can liquify in...
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    Check out this Ian Stepler video.It may give you...

    Check out this Ian Stepler video.It may give you a few ideas.

    https://youtu.be/HSNq7U3fnds
  23. Check your local library,many offer ebooks that...

    Check your local library,many offer ebooks that you can download to your kindle.
    There are other places online to get free books
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  24. Re: Extractor Identification Problem Help!

    Most likely SAF Natura if it is the same as what I bought.

    https://www.safnatura.com/eng/prodotti-lista.asp?cat=spare-parts&qi=e68c94d97bd4cada8f29f195d0cf5d2d

    I'm not sure if anyone in the US...
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    Re: beeswax melting / filtering - need help

    Yunzow:
    "My most recent method - solar wax melter. Passive. This is the first season and it works well. I can see that I will need to do some "clean up" of the heating tray for next season."

    Make...
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