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  1. Thread: Wet honey

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    Re: Wet honey

    Residual sugars pull water out of the air--especially in high humidity.
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    Re: FAKE ADOBE FLASH UPDATE WITHIN THIS FORUM

    Warning: there is a new one now. "Your Norton Antivirus is out of date". This one won't let you simply hit the back button to get out of--just takes you to another fake "out of date" page. Have to...
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    Re: FAKE ADOBE FLASH UPDATE WITHIN THIS FORUM

    And as soon as I say that it happens on the next thread I click. Guess not fixed.
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    Re: FAKE ADOBE FLASH UPDATE WITHIN THIS FORUM

    Think it may be fixed despite the recent post. I haven't seen it happen for at least two weeks now, maybe longer. Never did click on it. Guessing beebad has just been dealing w/ the fallout of the...
  5. Re: Is Mann Lake and Betterbee woodenware compatible?

    You can still get 7/8" thick woodenware from Betterbee. Just have to select. the option where available. I converted all my hive bodies to 7/8" deeps this spring.

    If buying the budget 5 packs...
  6. Re: Possibly a unique problem......suggestions, please ?

    This, probably.

    Carpenter bees are notoriously hard to control. The best method is to make the wood unappealing to them by either painting w/ a high gloss paint or putting a high gloss finish on...
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    Re: What is this insect?

    Not a blow fly. Even if it was, as long as there is no open wound you'd be okay.

    From the pic and description I'd say w/ 90% certainty that it is a Syrphid--hover fly. They often are mistaken...
  8. Re: Will QMP (Temp Queen strip) interfere with laying work solution

    Yes, I had put frames of eggs in for a few weeks but they were still laying multiple eggs per cell. I got a new queen and made a push in cage for her and left her on some capped brood for a week or...
  9. Re: Decontaminate Hive from Pesticide exposure?

    Most insecticides used today can be "decontaminated" through a simple detergent wash. If the insecticide was an organophosphate or carbamate you'd need to use an ammonia solution to decontaminate.
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  10. Re: Will QMP (Temp Queen strip) interfere with laying work solution

    No idea on your question but but my only worker laying hive experience required introduction of a new queen to fix. Kept introducing eggs and they would not raise a queen with them. Perhaps the QMP...
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    Re: FAKE ADOBE FLASH UPDATE WITHIN THIS FORUM

    Been happening to me too--seems to only be on the Safari browser. I just hit the back arrow every time it happens then site is fine after that. Was thinking it was linked to a specific ad or...
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    Re: Two hives has queen laying in honey super.

    Now that is a good idea. Thanks.

    To the OP: do not just super on top if the super below is full w/out some other swarm management technique in play. Allowing the bees to fully fill the space...
  13. Re: Do corn fields offer much good pollen for our bees?

    This. They certainly spray herbicides--which are pesticides--just maybe not spray insecticides.

    Your bees are probably bringing it in and it is fine for them. Bees love my sweet corn pollen and...
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    Re: Two hives has queen laying in honey super.

    Just part of normal broodiest expansion. By the end of the flow they should be back down in the brood boxes. I let my hives do this and I have almost never had brood in the first super when I pull...
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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    I'd be curious if you get swarm cells this year.

    For eusocial insects (think bees, ants, and wasps) there are generally two ways to maximize reproductive success: flood the area with males or...
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    Re: Forcing them down to the bottom box?

    I would have just put the medium on the bottom. It doesn't have to be on top. Could probably reverse back in a few weeks and they'd be in the Deep.
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    Re: Roaches in Swarm Trap

    Certainly sounds like Parcoblattid wood roaches to me. They are notorious for hiding out in wood piles and live in the leaf litter and rotting logs--anyplace w/ adequate moisture. They are not home...
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeders

    Got mine from Pierco and they have the 5 frame nuc feeders as well. I ordered from them because it came w/ the wood super. I had found somewhere where you order the feeder but had to order the...
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    Re: Roaches in Swarm Trap

    I'd be interested in a pic. Only ones I can think of would be parcoblattid wood roaches but I am assuming they stay down in the leaf litter. Not really sure what their habits are so maybe they do...
  20. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    Those big blue ones are Aechnids--good mosquito eaters, both adult and aquatic larvae. Smaller ones, if there was coloring on their wings (anything other than clear), were Libellulids. Of course,...
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    Re: Roaches in Swarm Trap

    Are you sure they are roaches? Seems like an odd behavior to me--especially for your temparate location. If sitting on the ground then I could see it but still odd.

    Boric acid around the base...
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeders

    I just switched to the Ceracell. My opinion is the Ceracells are much better. The Mann Lake feeders flex w/ the weight of sugar water and bees find ways out of the screen into the feeder. I used...
  23. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    This. Was wondering how long it would take to devolve into this type of discussion. Correlation does not mean causation. Like CCD, lots of moving parts here.

    One other point about millions of...
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    Re: Strange activity

    I had a similar situation last year except all the empties were in hive boxes. Thought I had a swarm moving in but they were acting like the aggressive frenzy you see w/ open feeding.

    My...
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    Re: Varroa Mitigation Entrance using Nail Brushes

    Wish we did. Would make a nice tool in our integrated vector control tool kit. Betting this idea came from the laser mosquito zapper the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was funding development...
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