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Pests and Diseases / Re: Bee +
« Last post by The15thMember on Yesterday at 10:31:41 am »
I agree, this is highly suspect.  For example, I found this under the FAQ: "Formic acid does not cause any harm to bees."  This is simply NOT true, one of the hallmarks of formic is that it will kill any bees that are sick or weak.  After hearing from NOD Apiaries (the producer of MAQS and FormicPro) how difficult it was to create a product that was safe and easy to apply with formic at the active ingredient, I wouldn't trust any willy-nilly formic product.  And as Jen mentioned, why do they look exactly like Apivar, which is NOT formic acid, but Amitraz as the active ingredient?     
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Books / Re: The Mind of A Bee
« Last post by The15thMember on Yesterday at 10:24:04 am »
Cool!  I'll take a look at this.  Thanks for the recommendation!
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Books / The Mind of A Bee
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 10:22:42 am »
I've enjoyed listening to this book on Audible.  It is available in paper at Amazon if you wish:

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Mind-of-a-Bee-Audiobook/B0B6QH6SYB?ref=a_library_t_c5_libItem_&pf_rd_p=80765e81-b10a-4f33-b1d3-ffb87793d047&pf_rd_r=Q8NJKSC30S2678X9CK9M

The author discusses the working brain of bees, their mechanisms for seeing and discriminating what they see, how they navigate, and importantly, the fact that they are capable of learning and remembering.

My wife overheard me listening to the beginning, and said she hopes the author doesn't convince her that each bee is a conscious being.  She'll feel really bad when we accidently squish bees, or intentionally squish queens.

I'll not reveal the ending here.
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Pests and Diseases / Re: Bee +
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 10:15:37 am »
My first impression was to question the legitimacy of the product.  It is a pop-up product on Facebook.  I agree with Zweefer: I "don't mean to poo poo the product, but I do take issue with their advertising claims ... so maybe I do mean to..."

I thought I'd check here to see if anyone on this site had a reason to sing it's praises and tell me I'm wrong.

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General Beekeeping / Re: Fermented honey being robbed?
« Last post by The15thMember on Yesterday at 10:08:01 am »
I've been thinking about this, and I don't know the answer, but since no one else seems to know either, here are my thoughts on it.  Maybe it'll help, Zweef.  I have no idea if I'm actually right or not, this is just my brainstorming on it.  :)

Honey occasionally ferments in the hive, due to the bees not being able to cap it for some reason or pests like hive beetles opening up the cells.  From my experience and what I've read, capped honey is pretty safe from fermentation.  But in this situation we are asking what happens when bees attempt to process already fermented honey.  Yeasts are always present in small amounts in honey, but they can't reproduce in low moisture, and some can't reproduce without air, which is one reason why the bees get the moisture content of the nectar down to ~18% and then cap it.  When active, the yeasts ingest water and sugar and produce alcohols and carbon dioxide.  Both of these product substances are volatile, so they should evaporate just like water when the bees fan and work the honey.  As the bees process the fermented honey, my assumption is that, depending on all sorts of factors, if the bees can get the fermented honey down to ~18% and cap it, and if they have plenty of non-fermented honey in the hive to eat as well, it shouldn't be that big of a problem.           
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General Beekeeping / Re: Mentoring an AD/HD adult
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 10:02:14 am »
What an adventure!  Did the bees in the house and safe ever get removed? Does your friend still want to be a beekeeper?

When my friend first started talking about doing the "rescue" I advised him to call a local company that does a good job of bee removal, and gave him the number.  I found out later that he decided not to give her the number until after we took the "easy bees."  I arrived at the house before he did, and gave her the number and a high recommendation.  I was not happy with his ethics on this.

I am hopeful that she has called the number and got the professionals out there.  I tried to call her to apologize and remind her again about Adopt - A - Hive, but she had given me the wrong number.

I may call the company owner later today to make sure he's been contacted.

My friend still wants to keep bees.  When I called to check on him later in the day, he stated he was fine, he now thought the adventure was fun, and he wants to keep trying to rescue bees.  His only regret is that he did not take the honey before killing the bees.  He allowed that in the future, if he is confronted with mean bees, he will take the honey and kill off the colony.

I told him that it would have been possible to tame those bees, and he was surprised.  I had sold him three colonies earlier this year, and at least two of those colonies were as mean as the one we killed.  He was surprised to learn that.  He is still learning how much work it takes to keep bees.

I advised him that if he really wants to rescue bees, he needs to contact the Adopt - A - Hive folks and ask if he can join them for a few of their cut-outs.

Mind you, this is a 50 year old man.  He has been living with dyslexia, poor impulse control, and inattention all of his life.  He knows he will never be calm around bees.  He is a "hands-on" and auditory learner, rather than a visual learner. 

I'm not sure I can "tame" him like I have colonies of mean bees, but then, he isn't a mean person.  He just needs guiderails to keep him from falling off a cliff.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Mentoring an AD/HD adult
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 09:57:56 am »
Great story Wman  ;) Did you spot the queen in this cut out?

'If it is crawling down your leg it is sweat.  If it is crawling up your leg it is a bee.'  :D

No.  And I realized soon after we opened up the side that it would be difficult to find her without the use of a vacuum. 

I feel bad that we killed the colony, but they had become a nuisance, and we could not leave them in the condition that we did.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Mentoring an AD/HD adult
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 09:00:36 am »
What an adventure!  Did the bees in the house and safe ever get removed? Does your friend still want to be a beekeeper? 
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Pests and Diseases / Re: Bee +
« Last post by Zweefer on Yesterday at 12:45:23 am »
“Quick and long lasting effect!” “Proven to kill up to 99% of mites with one application.” …”lasts up to six weeks and above”

Next section - each treatment must remain on brood box 5 days and takes 5 applications for a full treatment.

So for a full treatment it take 5 X the 99% effective applications mentioned in the section above?  And I’m curious if the six weeks counts the 4 that are needed for treatment?

They are nice enough to probed 3 1/2s to the product though!

Don’t mean to poo poo the product, but I do take issue with their advertising claims… so maybe I do mean to…





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Pests and Diseases / Re: Bee +
« Last post by Jen on Yesterday at 12:40:53 am »
Hi Wman, it looks just like Apivar strips, but i'll betcha they are seconds and way past the expiration date. Wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole. However Apivar is the one I would use other than oxalic acid.
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