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Wondering how to tell when the cluster is opened up enough to treat. Wait until the temps are above 50, or until I see bees on porch? What is the best indicator?? Thanks!
 

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I'm fairly new to this, going into my 3rd year, so this advice could be worth less than you gave for it. (But it's working for me).
I wait for a day when it is warm and sunny enough to have lots of bees flying. You don't say what type of treatment you plan to use, vapor or dribble. I use vapor and make sure there's another hour or two of warm sunshine before treating so they can settle back down and re-cluster before it gets cold again.
I've never done the dribble method, so won't provide any input on that.

Edited to add:
I would be very reluctant to dribble liquid in the hive anytime during winter.
 

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Dribbling in the 30s is fine, though I don't choose to do it.

I will vaporize in the high 30's too, but I find that the best temps are the low - mid 40s.

The bees don't need to be flying.

To loosen the cluster sufficiently, just give them a bit of smoke until you hear them "complaining" about it. Listen for it, you'll know what I mean.

Just don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to reset the varroa levels.

Nancy
 
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