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  1. Re: questions and theories on how OA kills mites

    How do you know they are dead before they drop? When I do OAV, I often see a few of the mites still kicking but most are dead. But I have no idea when they died or how.
  2. questions and theories on how OA kills mites

    Things are quiet around here so I thought it was a good time for a new theory. From everything I have read, nobody is really sure of the way oxalic acid works to kill mites. It is assumed that it...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    It is not their favorite comb to use but they can still destroy it if nothing else is available. They are quite fond of old dark comb with pollen in it.
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Seattle area, first frost for me. Had to scrape the car windows to get to work this morning
  5. Re: Apivar of Oxalic Vaporization for extreme mite count?

    psm1212 is right on the money with his reply. Apivar is NOT appropriate at this time due to the enormous amount of mites. It works slowly and you need to make a difference ASAP. I would do an OAV...
  6. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Having seen hives treated with MAQS or Apivar that showed good mite drops and showed no signs of any varroa after treatment that a month later were riddled with the little buggers again makes me...
  7. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    I agree that if you are getting large drops, the treatment is clearly working. The fact that the issues keeps on going just confirms that the hive is bein reinfested from somewhere else. A single...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    Cedar shavings do not work. Cedar helps a bit with moths drawn to wool only because it masks the smell of the wool but does not kill the moths. It will do nothing for wax moths. As Herbhome stated,...
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    Re: High mite load opinions

    I have a similar issue as well. I did a test OAV in mid-September to be sure all hives still had low mite counts. One hive headed by my only Italian queen dropped a load of mites while all the others...
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    Masterblaster, welcome to the forum!!! I use both 10 frame and 8 frame equipment but primarily use 8 frame equipment. In my opinion, Mann Lake 8 frame boxes are too big. They leave too much space on...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    I have to agree with MB on this as well. I have about 20 hives at any given time. 6 of those hives are top bar hives which have to be done by crush and strain. With the crush and strain, the...
  12. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    What I see I my area is quite a bit different from what beeks in the east see. In this area, the months of April and early May are swarm heaven for bees. During that time, maples, almonds, peaches,...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I use a variation on the now famous "Laurie's sugar block recipe" that you can find in the FAQ forum. I add 2 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a pound of sugar. I make 3 pounds at a time. ...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    Location is everything. In my area October is way too late to get them ready for winter. They will take very little syrup because of the cold nights. Feeding for winter must be done in August and...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I have to admit that I really hate the topic of treatment free vs. treating. It seems to bring out the worst in people and I have seen numerous poster leave, never to return because of the heated...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I have a couple of in hive Pro Feeders and think I will give them a try. My usual thoughts when there is an issue is that it is mites. I will also place a few Apivar strips in and see what happens.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I use quart mason jars over the hole in the inner cover on all hives. The feeder can hold up to 4 quarts at a time. Since they are not taking a lot at any given time, I am only using 1 bottle. When 1...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    It is good to know that I am not the only one to see this happening. I do get rid of these in the spring. Since I started queen rearing a couple of years ago, these, along with any dinks, are the...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Definitely not getting robbed and not small colonies. One of the hives is the only "Italian" queen I have and she is still laying up a storm as if there was 5,000 acres of goldenrod surrounding the...
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    healty hives that refuse to store food

    Every year I have a couple of hives that just refuse to store enough food for winter. They are good sized hives with no apparent disease or mite issues. They have an endless supply of feed on the...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    My first year of beekeeping I felt the same way. I was nervous every time I went out. I was sure I would do something really wrong, I would cause the bees to come after me in force, I was going to...
  22. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    What is in those top 5 or 6 boxes? Are the frames capped, empty or partially filled?
  23. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    While I would love to see glyphosate banned here too, I cannot believe it will ever happen. In my area having a small patch of grass in the garden in the fall means the garden will be a lawn by...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    I can see why Greg would think that moving them in the middle of winter would be a bad idea but I was not recommending you move them with 3 feet of snow on the ground or if it is 10 degrees below...
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    I don't disagree that it may be wrong but in order to find out for sure, you would need to spray it directly on your bees. Once Bt is used, it starts to break down pretty quickly. My guess is that...
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