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Pests and Diseases / Re: 1st try of Provap 110.
« Last post by Perry on Today at 12:30:03 pm »
Well, the pipe extension was a bust! :P
From what I was able to determine, the vapour cooled off too quickly traveling that length and crystallized at the end, blocking off the tube. Back to having to lift the lids.
Finished my treatments today, it will be interesting to see how the mite levels are throughout the summer with this spring treatment.
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Pests and Diseases / Re: Timing of mite treatment
« Last post by Wandering Man on Today at 11:40:20 am »
Apis,

Very true.

We have now moved our hives to another's property, and he is amazed at how many bees he now finds in his pumpkin patch.  My bees had very little competition in our backyard, and will continue to have little competition.

I think he will be even more amazed at how many pumpkins he grows later in the year.
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Pests and Diseases / Re: Timing of mite treatment
« Last post by apisbees on Today at 10:42:14 am »
Another thing that your post brings to mind is, You have 3 hives foraging in your area going after the limited plants that are blooming but there is enough for them to survive. Commercial operators can have 30 and up to a couple hundred even thousand of hives in a small area where their is to little forage to support the number of hives. So them having to feed is a necessity.
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Jen,

Does the swarmy hive use a Langstroth with full 10 frame deep brood boxes? 

You tend to use mediums and nucs, don't you?  Or have I been misremembering again?
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Pests and Diseases / Re: Timing of mite treatment
« Last post by Wandering Man on Today at 10:20:49 am »
All of the local "experts" were advising that we beeks rush out and start feeding out bees at the end of February, first of March because "more bees are lost at this time of year than any other due to lack of feeding."  This is typically when our Spring begins.

The rational was not only to feed the bees, but also to stimulate comb building and egg laying.

Now, I'm questioning their advice, because all of these experts have large apiaries and are trying to ramp up for production of bees to put out in the fields.

We started feeding, even though it looked to us like the bees had plenty of stores, and the plants were blooming.  The bees took the syrup in two of our hives, and ignored it in the third. 

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General Beekeeping / Re: lures
« Last post by Riverrat on Today at 09:59:29 am »
an old frame culled out of the boxes and a little lemon grass oil from health food store has worked the best for my traps.
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It is not that simple...
Nothing about keeping bees is 'simple' nowadays!    ;)
Letting a hive swarm is!!!  Just neglect the needs of the bees and be late in it's management and simply put, You will have SWARMS.
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Recipes / Re: Potato Quesadillas
« Last post by Les on Today at 09:44:15 am »
Never heard of potato quesadillas and have never seen them on a menu.  The things you learn  :)
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Pests and Diseases / Re: Timing of mite treatment
« Last post by apisbees on Today at 09:23:59 am »
You bring up a good point. We end up at bee club meetings and the commercial operators stand up and say that they have been feeding the bees for 2 to 3 weeks already and the new beek's think they are behind already. What they do not say is that in their operation they have a need and use for the extra bees that they are raising. treat when you feel comfortable with the temp and timing, not because someone ease is treating. work on your schedule if the season is 2 weeks behind then your treatment could be delayed by 2 weeks. If he is getting his timing from a commercial operator they some times do things out of necessity rather when it is the optimal time. They may need to get a treatment done before the hives are moved for pollination Or before shaking bees or making nucs. So they do it early. If the temps are not warm enough it could effect the quality of the treatment, but they have to get it done in the time window available to them.
Read all the instructions, check the 2 week weather forecast, and apply the treatment when you feel it is the right time for your bees and when the treatment is most effective. 
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It is not that simple...
Nothing about keeping bees is 'simple' nowadays!    ;)
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