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    Re: Should I pull this super?

    I agree. Feeding them now won't hurt a thing.
  2. Re: Can I move mason bee cocoons from furniture?

    Yes, you just want to add some moisture to the surrounding air. I lay moist paper towel sheets on the bottom of a plastic container then I put cocoons in an open topped plastic bag on top of the...
  3. Re: Can I move mason bee cocoons from furniture?

    So, the answer is yes. You can carefully break the mud seal and if there are cocoons in there, gently pull them out. If there are more cocoons further in each hole, those will be harder. You can use...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Dearth. Protective time of the year. For me, it's also yellow jacket attack season so everyone is on high alert. Also, multiple stings on suits, veils, gloves, etc., provoke more bees to become...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Might be a good sub-forum. 35 last night....
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    Re: Late season swarm

    You must imagine how grateful I am to see this post. I hope, someday, that Nathan changes the world the way he changed me.

    Thank you so much.
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    Re: Late season swarm

    Actually, the "ceiling" that they're hanging from is the floor of the second story and directly above them are 15-20 supers that are being stored, some with comb so they certainly found the right...
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    Late season swarm

    This was a late season swarm that moved into the barn the first week or so of August. They had no interest in moving on even with a swarm box and lure / comb. As expected they drew comb fast. I vac'd...
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    Re: Temperature to kill wax moths

    Well I don't buy the bug zapper stuff. I suppose it'll get a few but if it were effective we'd instead have a thread discussing models of zappers and their relative benefits. I will add that freezing...
  10. Re: Strategy for Havesting Some Goldenrod Honey?

    Super up. If you get a real early cold snap, you may need to feed. Never know.....
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    Re: uugh, wax moths...

    BT is VERY effective if it's not old. I use it every year for all my comb. I don't worry much about wax foundation although sometimes they'll get in there as well. For me, it's the best option. Too...
  12. Re: Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    I tap the damaged frames on something. Loose, powdery fragments with cocoons and webbing will pop out and off and I pull those by hand. If the balance of the comb is in reasonably good shape it goes...
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    Re: Bees Returning to Nuc Boxes

    I'm guessing a swarm or at least scouts thinking about moving in.
  14. Thread: nuc

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    Re: nuc

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    o all beekeeping is local and it's awesome that local talent chimed in. It's not about what you get. It's about what you do. If it were me, I'd grab them, grow them and grin about my hard work...
  15. Thread: nuc

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    Re: nuc

    I'd be waiting but I'm up here. Not sure about your area. You might be fine. I'm sure there's someone in your area who has a better sense of how a nuc would fare....
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    Re: What to do with weak hive.

    It's still OK to feed 1:1 but 2:1 is fine if you want. I would worry about putting a lot of time in and still not getting the colony big enough to sustain the winter months. You'll know as you go...
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    Re: Xentari Questions

    Not sure about the codes. It does expire after a while. Not long ago Amazon was selling expired BT and a lot of us thought we were protected and learned over the winter that we were not.

    I spray...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping questions

    I'm always surprised by where you can get swarms. I'm not home much but I frequently receive calls from folks who found me by word of mouth and I've seen swarms in mailboxes, on trash barrels, phone...
  19. Thread: Crowded Hive

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    Re: Crowded Hive

    I'd give them space! You can always manipulate frames and tighten things up later.
  20. Re: How to clean supers and other parts from mice in barn

    I would recommend a product called "Oxine". While I agree with other posters that chlorine will be fine, if you want to eliminate the possibility of any bleach side effects, you could try Oxine. I've...
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    Re: Mason Bees & Wasps

    I keep Mason bees. The wasps you see are likely parasitic. They will carefully visit each filled tube and then drill into it somewhere near where they sense a mason bee developing. Once they drill...
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    Re: Distance between hives

    Put them where you want. An established colony really doesn't care much if they fly onto a hive a foot away or a mile away. Like us, they know where they live.
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    Re: Bees staying home

    In my experience, they fly a lot less when they sense incoming rain. I do get a kick out of the scramble to get home when they "miss" the forecast and a quick shower hits them. The cloud of bees...
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    Re: What have you found to be the best way to

    I typically use Bee Quick. Put a fume board on a super. Come back a while later and brush the few bee stragglers off...move to the next. I've moved supers off the hives the night before and turned...
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    Re: Honey bees infect wild bees

    Hmmm....I see this post...

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?356019-Honey-bees-infect-wild-bees

    It isn't deleted. Am I looking at the wrong post?

    I will note that sometimes...
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