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Offline colbees

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robbing
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:03:30 PM »
i dont know what to do i noticed today that wasps and ground bees are getting into my hive. should i take off my honey super so they dont rob that too? Thanks


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« Last Edit: September 13, 2012, 10:35:21 PM by buzzbee »
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay; A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon; A swarm of bees in July isn't worth a fly.

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Re: robbing
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2012, 05:21:50 PM »
What size is the entrance? How is the bee population of the hive in question?

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Re: robbing
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2012, 07:07:35 PM »
the enterance is on the winter side and the population is pretty good the hive was started in April
A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay; A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon; A swarm of bees in July isn't worth a fly.

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Re: robbing
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2012, 07:19:30 PM »
i have seen alot of wasps the last while but the girls seem to look after them pretty good.just make sure you dont have any food sources like feeders. seem to bring them in. just my observation

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Re: robbing
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2012, 10:20:42 PM »
I am going to add your pics,but you need an entrance reducer on if your getting more than the bees can handle. I am assuming by winter side,you have the bottom board flipped with the narrow opening next to the box?

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Re: robbing
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 10:13:09 AM »
I am with Ken.  From the pics, it looks like the bees are addressing the intruders.  You probably just need a smaller area for them to have to defend.

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Re: robbing
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2012, 11:07:59 AM »
I would agree with the other post,the entrance needs to be reduced down to around 1" to 3/4". I would also add a robbing screen for a day or two.