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Field Bee
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« on: June 13, 2012, 03:42:46 AM »

I have found that my bees round up and chase SHB pretty well. I know that SHB lay eggs in small cracks and other inaccessible areas. I would like to know what types of materials are safe for caulking up areas like the gaps on wooden bound queen excluders. I also have Mann Lake hive top  grin :shock:feeders the plastic twin tank type that provide lots of places for egg laying. I want to use expanding foam to completely seal off the complete underside of these things except for access to the syrup chambers.  If I give the foam time to cure do any of you think this could harm my bees? Can latex caulk be used?

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 08:10:22 AM »

Use the latex caulk the foam will degenerate over time.

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012, 12:53:22 PM »

Elmer's wood filler.

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012, 09:00:22 PM »

I don't use that feeder, but after building a box, I put either glue or liquid nails in the joint cracks.  Smooth it down with putty knife. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 04:39:25 AM »


I've used any kind of silicone filler in those gaps before and the bees are still alive.  Today I bought a tub of plasti-bond which the neighbour recommended. I'd not heard of it before but apparently it has multiple uses, and bonds to a variety of surfaces. I specifically wanted it to repair a bottom board the bees chewed out, but I might start using it in other little gaps and defects in the hives.  I don't know if it's toxic, but if the bees start making rock hard honey I'll know they've been licking it.

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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2012, 08:09:48 AM »

I mix Titebond 3 and saw dust for wood filler. You can mix the thickness you need or want!

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