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  1. Re: Arbor Day Tree Survey = how much free bee food??

    I have been a donor to the Arbor Day Foundation for years and what you got is probably not a scam. They do give out loads of free trees but they will also like and ask for a donation. The only thing...
  2. Re: Feeding through a dearth? Good or bad idea?

    In general, my area is in a dearth every year from July 1 until winter comes. We do get a bit of a flow when ivy blooms but it is not enough to get them ready for winter. The rains stop in the...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    I think when you see huge mite drops after each treatment, the treatment is clearly working. If you still have large mite counts after treatment, my best guess is that you are getting re-infested...
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Find a few cells that are darker in color than the rest of the capped cells. Break them with your finger and taste it. Now you know what real honey tastes like. The lightest capped honey in the hive...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    As with everything in beekeeping, ask 3 beekeepers and get 4 different answers. When I do fall treatments with OAV, I do 4 treatments, 5 days apart. The reason for that is two-fold. Drones have the...
  6. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I just used a single treatment in the calculations and several will of course multiply the totals. The point I am trying to make (as you are) is that the exposure is really quite small. Although the...
  7. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I like the calculation but I will make the claim that you have way overstated the potential contamination in a pound of honey. Thus, here are my calculations. I do love a good math problem!
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    Re: HELP ME! no fall flow?? lazy bees???

    Your timing is pretty close to mine and we are over 2,500 miles apart. At my location the last flow is blackberry which ends just about July first every year. After that, the only significant nectar...
  9. Re: Calculating number of flowers needed for a hive?

    Wikipedia has a listing of how much honey you can get per acre for numerous plants. Use any search engine and type in "honey per acre for sunflowers" or what ever plant you are thinking about. I have...
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    Re: Really need to feed during dearth?

    I can see reasons to feed and not feed but if the hives are low on stores, you definitely want to feed. In my area, come the second week of July we are in a dearth every year that does not end until...
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    Timing the use of Bt-A or Bt-K

    When using Bt for wax moths, what is the best time to use it? According to the literature, the timing is vital because once the product is added to water and applied to the target plants, the usable...
  12. Re: Tree ratios on acreage versus # number of hives supportable?

    Thank you Jack! That is an excellent presentation on bees and trees.
  13. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    As little John stated, the liquid is the water in the OA powder. OA does not have a liquid form under natural temperature and pressure. It is just like dry ice which turns into a gas with no liquid...
  14. Re: best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    I absolutely love finding information that seems totally contradictory to real life. An article about Bt located on the Oregon State University web page states: "However, the aizawai strain is highly...
  15. Re: Tree ratios on acreage versus # number of hives supportable?

    I am pretty sure it would depend on what trees you are talking about. I am in a residential area and it is not uncommon the last 7 years to get 50 - 75 pounds of maple honey per hive in the spring....
  16. Re: best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    According to the Valent BioSciences website, both Xentari (Bt-A) and DiPel (Bt-k) are labeled for use in killing Lepidoptera. Xentari It was created/brought to market after DiPel (Bt-k). It is...
  17. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    I have done the three treatments 7 days apart (3/7) and the four treatments five days apart (4/5) schedules and have not noticed any difference. However, I do prefer the 3/7 over the 4/5 because I am...
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    Re: Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    Burns, I was not suggesting anyone should use moth balls but it is a good clarification to those who might be thinking about it. Also, thank you for the information on the required temperatures. In...
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    Re: Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    I looked up how moth balls work and it is stated that they kill but do not deter. Since the products and the vermin are similar, I would surmise that paramoth works the same way. It does state that...
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    Re: Paramoth: kills or only deters moths?

    I am not sold on it working at all. A couple of years ago I used a bunch of it on a small stack of boxes. When I took a look at it a few weeks later, there was larvae crawling around in the crystals....
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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    I use a piece of blue painters tape on the lid and write on it with permanent marker. I add new tape when needed. I am not real concerned with lineage or what got combined with what. I am concerned...
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    SeaCucumber,

    Can the first dose kill mites in eggs and larvae? Mites do not bother with eggs and only hook up with the larvae just before it gets capped.

    Drone cells are capped for about 14...
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    I use a "3M Safety 142-5303 Safety Half Facepiece Disposable Respirator Assembly, Organic Vapor/Acid Gas, Large" Search on Amazon for that and you will be just fine. I use standard safety glasses...
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    Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    I have raised queens through Nicot and grafting and have of course gotten queens through splits at swarm time and supercedures. I have never noticed any difference in quality based on the way they...
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    Re: Strange Bees in Hive

    The picture is pretty fuzzy but they look like drones to me.
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