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by Jacobs
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 10
Views: 2153

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

I don't know that I will bother with mite counts. These bees may get a dose of OAV in the near future and then let it go until I hit them with OAV in winter. Flood water appears to kill varroa and does kill brood under the cappings. I don't know that I will get either of these hives strong enough to...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 10
Views: 2153

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Both hives were queenright, but full of SHB larvae where pollen frames went bad quickly. I reduced one hive to 1 10 frame medium and the other to 3 10 frame mediums. Both sets of bees have been able to manage their space and not let SHB re-establish. Populations in both were severely reduced, so I p...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nucs - need some help.
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Nucs - need some help.

It is late in the season to be attempting splits/nucs. If you are going to try nucs from very strong hives, I would go with mated queens. My stab at what happened is that we are clearly in the robbing season and nucs are weak enough to be a good target. Queenless hives are also vulnerable to robbing...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 10
Views: 2153

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

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This is what 7+ inches of rain will do when hives are not strapped down. I'll find out Monday if both are queenright (and if a creek water flush is an effective varroa treatment).
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetle
Replies: 6
Views: 2441

Re: Small hive beetle

Last winter was mild enough that it looks like the SHB have made a full recovery in my area. Hives that are in significant shade have had a large increase in SHB population. I must have smashed 50+ that a strong hive had pushed to the inner cover. I may be going to traps or the unscented dryer sheet...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: National Honey Bee Day August 17, 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 147

National Honey Bee Day August 17, 2019

Link to celebration information--activities at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension--9:00 am-Noon August 17th.

https://guilford.ces.ncsu.edu/2019/07/b ... ators-day/
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NCSBA Summer Meeting 2019 August 8-10, 2019 Hickory, NC
Replies: 0
Views: 35

NCSBA Summer Meeting 2019 August 8-10, 2019 Hickory, NC

August 8-10, 2019 Hickory, NC

link to information and registration

https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/18/19
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Swarm-7/18/19

They may just have been crowded. The queens these folks have and the ones I have gotten from the swarms and by making queens are prolific layers. This swarm had bees on all frames of a 10 frame medium and they had mostly drawn out 9 undrawn wax foundation frames in a little less than 3 days. I took ...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/18/19
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Swarm-7/18/19

Swarm_71819_IMG_3307.JPG I got a call from a beekeeper about a swarm from one of her hives. These bees have very swarmy genetics. I picked up an early season swarm there and I have managed to keep the bees in the box by making 3 hives of the one. I had to do a quick shake down into my swarm bucket ...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 3386

Re: Plants

Wally's bee tree is in bloom.
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The bees seem to like it.
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Responding to HOA's request to remove beehives
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: Responding to HOA's request to remove beehives

You need to seek a consultation with an attorney who does land use/HOA law. What rights you can contract away and whether you have contracted away the "right" to keep bees is a complicated situation.
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Cleaning Plastic foundation
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Cleaning Plastic foundation

I just put another batch of plastic foundation in the tub with bleach and dawn. I did have a stack of supers with plastic foundation and comb that needed to be cycled out. I had them outside and was slow to get to them. While wax moths are hard on the wooden frames, they did do an excellent job of c...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 8
Views: 3422

Re: Dearth?

I reduced the honey content in my "nectarometer" from 3 oz./pint to 2 0z./pint about 10 days ago. The bees are emptying the jar in a couple of hours. I am now putting a veil on to check my bees since they are likely to be more defensive when little nectar is available. I am also paying attention whe...
by Jacobs
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Environmental "Protection"???
Replies: 0
Views: 254

Environmental "Protection"???

Handiwork of the current EPA--see the article at the bottom of the page.

https://guilfordbeekeepers.org/wp-conte ... e0.pdf.pdf
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Harvest timing

You have options. You will want a full medium super of capped "honey" on the hive going into winter. You can put the capped frames in the freezer and return them to the top of your hive toward the end of August or in September. If you do this, I would keep feeding sugar water at the 1:1 mixture for ...
by Jacobs
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

Sit back and wait. Let the bees sort things out for awhile. It sounds like you had a newly emerged queen piping a challenge to other queens that may have emerged or are about to emerge. You may want to follow the Bush Farms link on our home page and check out his bee math sheet. It gives a fairly he...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

We are toward the end of traditional swarm season and at the beginning of when bees abscond because of things like starvation, hive beetle infestation, or other problems with the home hive. There will still be some swarms when bees get nectar/honey bound and feel crowded. Open, drawn comb gives them...
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 716

Re: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019

This story was in the Greensboro News & Record this morning.

https://guilfordbeekeepers.org/wp-conte ... 28.pdf.pdf
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 652

Re: High temps

Nectar flows can be very local things, but generally by mid-June, bees will be looking for any good "nectar" source, get more defensive, and some will be more prone to attempt robbing of weaker hives. Mine have not been going to the "nectarometer" because I have frames for them to clean up. Until ou...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 1
Views: 559

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I just picked up a small load of 5 gallon food grade buckets with lots of extra lids from the folks at L&B. I'll be bringing them to tomorrow night's (6/11/19) GCBA meeting. They are free for the taking for GCBA members. They are staying in the truck bed, so be prepared to wipe them down if moisture...