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I have caught three baits hives on my pile of 2005 and older combs awaiting melting. This swarm scouted for a week and chose a box full of EFB combs. Ten pounds of bees? They kept coming for about 15 minutes and filled a deep wall to wall and a softball size clump hanging down below.



Later after re-organizaton with a box of Ritecell foundation on top.

 

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You burn AFB combs, not EFB. It is supposidly a "stress" disease that can be cured by re-queening and medicating. I have not had success with medicating and just melt them down now.
 

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I melted all my EFB wax. Had a bait hive then had to swipe it or a nuc that got too big, don't really want too many hives out here, with the drought just more to feed. Wait til someone calls and go do a cutout, get paid, offset the sugar bill
 

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That's a monster, 0 in my bait hives this year, & very few swarm calls.
That's my feeling over on this side also. Fewer baits every year, more guys chasing swarms, but caught a lot of my own.
 
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