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  1. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Well requeening does pretty well at keeping African DNA down to a dull roar, but yes we have Small Hive Beetle to go with AHB. It is a challenging place for beekeeping, but aren't they all in...
  2. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I'm treating. I see mite drop on the sticky, California queen in 1, mutt in another, 2 nucs with beeweaver queens. I may not treat the nucs, no mites on the sticky, but my big hives are getting oav...
  3. Re: What shall I do with all the honey and how much should I leave in the hives?

    Oh my gosh I've missed this. Thank you GWW
  4. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    I was in a dearth, but I wasn't taking any chances. EFB started months before I realized it, robbing spread it, I had gone from 6 hives to 2 hives before identifying the problem, and I did...
  5. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    My state bee inspector confirmed my EFB diagnosis, sent a sample off for testing, yes, it was, told me to requeen, mediicate and all would be well. My local mentor said, harvest the honey, melt the...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    I burned my frames as a precaution, melted comb from plasticell (plastic is quite toxic to burn) and gave the wax to someone making furniture polish just to be sure. Sorry for your losses
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    What I was thinking. Thanks again.
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Thank you. I don't have a real high mite count, my last December OAV seemed to do the job nicely. I'm going to pull fall honey on the 13th of October, should I wait on OAV with my regular battery...
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    Re: Quick vaporizer timing question.

    All set to treat and they are putting up fall honey, which I am going to steal some of. gotta wait. There is brood in all my hives anyway
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Cam,

    I've got to treat for mites tomorrow, just wondered what you are using now. I have a couple of options in my garage.

    Gypsi
  11. Thread: EFB options

    by Gypsi
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    What I did, to be sure my other hives did not rob the infected ones, was harvest all honey for human use only, melt down all wax, scorch all woodware. Terra-pro was easy to get in 2013, and feed...
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    Re: Double nuc, a nod to Mike Palmer

    I haven't got one of these brood factories built yet, but your information on overwintering in nucleus hives has been very valuable to me over the years Michael Palmer!
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    Re: Wait those arenít bees...

    Great video, I get a couple of yellow jacket calls a year.
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    Re: Beginner Question (Emergency...maybe?)

    I watched your video. It was long. boots you will find some I am sure. That was a really long inspection, bees don't look that hot, they acted like the queen was on frame 3. I use taller hive...
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    Re: Beginner Question (Emergency...maybe?)

    Hal, I wear almost knee high boots with my suit tucked in. For future reference. I can't find my hot queen either, I split her hive 3 ways, the bees say she is in the yellow box so I took all her...
  16. Thread: Honey bee CPR?

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    Re: Honey bee CPR?

    That would make a great video.
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    Re: Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    that's what I would suggest. Or put the hive with the fewest foragers next to a very busy hive
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    Re: Beginner Question (Emergency...maybe?)

    Put your entrance reducer back on, when there is a dearth of nectar robbing hits high gear. my bees are in sun, all entrances are reduced almost all year here. I do have screened bottom boards so I...
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    Re: Double nuc, a nod to Mike Palmer

    Very informative thread. Guessing Michael is not on Beesource much lately?
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    Re: Dadant extractor issue.

    Actually I looked inside the extractor and I think the problem is deep honey, going to drain the tank some and try another frame. Had kids here and could do nothing last week
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    Re: Bees staying home

    feed, feed and feed unless you have a flow. Still you may have to combine hives going into winter. I live in Texas so that is the best I've got for your climate, hopefully someone else will reply
  22. Thread: Custom Labels

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    Re: Custom Labels

    I'm thinking of just using 2 pound honey jars, they do well with large labels, and everything else glass canning jars with label on lid. Going legal does NOT fit on honey bears
  23. Re: Water issues in beekeeping, water management, and the desert.

    I have 4 ornamental ponds, 3 are quite small, all have a pump and small waterfall of some kind and there are surfaces where bees can light and get water. the trouble with desert, drought and bees is...
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    I have a spray bottle of dawn and water labeled wasp spray, I don't worry about hunting down every local paper wasp nest, but those too near my door or my hives get a midnight visit and a couple of...
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    Re: Laying worker help

    Newspaper combine over a strong hive. I wasted money on perfectly good queens trying to straighten out LW hives, drove a mile and dumped the bees. Repeat again a few days, didn't work.
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