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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Closing entrance for the day?
« Last post by Playapixie on May 25, 2015, 04:53:04 AM »
I'll definitely do the clean up but the hedges are several stories tall and will require tall ladders and chain saws; I'll leave that to the pros.

Wire mesh sounds like it should work fine. Thanks For the suggestions. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: swarm trap setup
« Last post by biggraham610 on May 25, 2015, 01:32:02 AM »
as a little ahead seems to be far behind.

You said a mouthful there indeed my Friend. G
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Maybe close the front with screen wire. That'll give them some air.

That's what I would do. I often put one on at night so I can move a hive/hives in the morning. I just use regular porch screen. I think its #8. I wouldn't think keeping them closed with a solid block of wood or something that wont allow a breeze would be good. But then again, I'm new at this stuff. 3rd year.  Learning all the time. good Luck. G
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Ridding small hive beetle
« Last post by sawdstmakr on May 24, 2015, 11:33:44 PM »
Wow, only 3 SHBs. That is pretty good. They only breed in a hive that weak for the size of the hive. Also if the bees have no genetics for dealing with the SHB. Like when the wax moths first came to the U.S., a lot of hives were lost until the bees found the right genetics to deal with them.
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My neighbors...
« Last post by sawdstmakr on May 24, 2015, 11:25:27 PM »
next time it is brought up ask


What difference it would make. get them to describe their fears so that can be countered in an informed and locial mannor

Doesn't work Like that with these people.. You can't 'teach' them anything.. They already know it all.
So you do know my neighbor. 😄
Jim
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Ridding small hive beetle
« Last post by Termite.sv on May 24, 2015, 11:21:17 PM »
Hi all.
Yesterday I was doing a thorough hive inspection because I thought my hive was about to swarm. I found the queen (yay) but no queen cells. What I did find though is about 3 small hive beetles. I only say 3 in total but I'm assuming there is more. I've also heard they breed like mad so I'd like to jump on the problem before it gets to big. What do I have to do to get rid of the hive beetles before it turns into an infestation?
Thanks for any help.
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REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Grafting to a laying worker nuc
« Last post by sawdstmakr on May 24, 2015, 11:06:27 PM »
Capt,
Most hive that go queenless and end up with laying workers have numerous laying workers. Not just one. I do not think it would do much good to remove just one.
Jim
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THE TRADING POST / Re: Got Honey???
« Last post by RC on May 24, 2015, 10:13:30 PM »
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: swarm trap setup
« Last post by rookie2531 on May 24, 2015, 08:20:37 PM »
That's some good info. Ill keep watching. Its suppose to rain after Monday for a few days. I did a three way walk a way split on my strong hive today and added some foundation to them and most of my nucs too. Trying to stay way ahead, as a little ahead seems to be far behind.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: swarm trap setup
« Last post by sc-bee on May 24, 2015, 08:19:08 PM »
I put out traps for the first time this year. You hear many different recommendations for inside configuration . I have some five frames out and a couple deeps. All have a frame or two off old comb. Some I put extra frames of foundation in and some no extra frames. Since then I have heard to use a frame of comb and the rest empty frames with one horizontal wire for support. It seems some good trappers think filling the hive will all comb may deter bees moving in especially larger swarms as they are looking for open cavity space and not frame filled space. A nuc is 20L and a ten frame deep is 40L. They prefer the larger space but a deep is hard to handle in particular elevating it (I see capt puts two peat pot traps together) Robo has the plans for a compromise size trap of 30L on his website. 

I baited some with lemon grass oil and some with swarm commander as a comparison. The only score I have had was in a deep baited with swarm commander. I did not have the extra frames in so I had to do a cut out. The wax was soft and next time I will have empty frames with at least one wire in place. I do not climb well and as you see I placed them near the ground. I am sure elevated is better but an emergency room bill and broke bones are not  :)



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