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    Default Bees suddenly active

    I'm on the upper Gulf Coast and noticed that my bees, which had been bearding a lot, are highly active the last few days. The only change on our part is that we cut some low reaching oak branches. Temps recently dropped. We will probably get tropical storm winds by Monday. Are others seeing a change in the past few days? Any ideas on what the trigger is?
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    they found nectar
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    or pollen

    Do you see pollen coming in, Jadeguppy?
    Somebody forgot to give my bees a copy of the book.
    Zone 6B

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    I saw one with reddish orange pollen, but not the others.

    Any ideas what they may have found?
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    Default Re: Bees suddenly active

    Or robbing a dead out. Keep an eye on your mite levels

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jadeguppy View Post
    I saw one with reddish orange pollen, but not the others.

    Any ideas what they may have found?
    about all I know of florida is you have oranges and gators. sorry but you need local help for that one.
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    Jade

    I'm east of Panama City, my bees are bringing in some yellow and orange pollen. Spanish needle is starting to bloom and there are a lot of vines and wildflower starting also. No golden rod yet. As Thad said check your mite load are just treat because if you have bees here you have mites!
    Last edited by GSkip; 09-09-2017 at 12:39 PM. Reason: Addions

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    Yea. Someone in the same microclimate. I'm in Navarre. Is oa fog safe with honey supers on? Also, did you get a summer dearth?
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    I believe MAQs are the only treatment ok to use with supers on, but people say to separate the supers with corrugated plastic, political type signs, and then you can treat with OAV, I think I would pull them of it was me. I bought some local honey I know they vape, but I swear the honey "goldenrod" tastes horrible.

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    When should I vape? It looks like a new flow just started.
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jadeguppy View Post
    When should I vape? It looks like a new flow just started.
    Most start now in weekly doses. At least up here. You probably end of the month. Because of the sealed brood and mites hiding there you have to continually repeat. This will knock them down so your last treatment in oct-nov when they have no brood will kill just about all of them. its important to not wait till then so your bees are robust and healthy. Otherwise you'll have weak bees that won't make it through the winter.
    Terms are important here. vape to me is people smoking those electronic cigs.
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    Jade

    Most in our area have already treated. So if you are going to OAV start now so the bees being raised will be healthy for winter. I usually treat again end Nov first of Dec when there's less brood and they will be clean for spring build up. If you have a super on set it aside treat and replace. If you only have a few hives should be easy.

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    Sounds like I need to buy a fogger. Lowes?
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    No that's not what I would recommend you treat with. OAV is delivered in a small heating unit that vaporizes the OA. Look at the ads and check out OaxVap.com for the proper equipment. Not sure how many hives you have, you could connect with your local Ag Agent and maybe find another beek that you could split a package of Apvair with. Save you from buying a OAV wand. I know there's a local bee group in your area that could help you out. A fogger is not what you need.
    Last edited by GSkip; 09-09-2017 at 10:19 PM. Reason: Spelling

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