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by Jacobs
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm traps
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Re: Swarm traps

Set up my swarm lure/bait hive today--
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It is early for this season, but with over a month of pollen patties and sugar water, I am seeing some capped and uncapped drone brood in my strongest hives at the house.
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Hive Placement-Celebrating February 19th
Replies: 9
Views: 3998

Re: Hive Placement-Celebrating February 19th

I won't be opening hives today, but if weather permits, I may go ahead and put up my swarm lure hive today. Even though clusters are not as large as in past years, and blooms have been later to open, "data mining" from our swarms, cutouts, and trapouts section of the forum board tell me to have thin...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 7
Views: 852

Re: Pollen

Good strong foraging activity--looks like you can put the reducer on the large opening for that hive.
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost colony.. now what?
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Lost colony.. now what?

The main thing about storing the frames is preventing wax moth and small hive beetle access. If I were going to bag them, I would use the heavy plastic bags and duct tape to make sure that all seams are sealed. I would still examine the bags about once a week to make sure nothing has chewed through ...
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost colony.. now what?
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Lost colony.. now what?

This has been a brutal winter. A lot of beekeepers are suffering heavy losses. For whatever reason, a lot of clusters were not as strong going into winter. It could be failure to get effective varroa reduction or queens not continuing heavy brood rearing when nectar flows slowed and sugar water was ...
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Flowering Quince
Replies: 7
Views: 2387

Re: Flowering Quince

I saw the first fully open quince bloom this morning. Most of the buds on David's plant are just about to bloom. The bees are exploring the open blooms on his leatherleaf mahonia. Yesterday, David pointed out a red camellia that was in full bloom a few blocks from our houses.
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 7
Views: 852

Re: Pollen

On my walk this morning, I looked at a red maple down the street. This tree is one that produces very large blooms and it blooms on the early side of the red maple date range. It was definitely fully in bloom today. Last year, on January 20th, I thought it was a little early for the red maple bloom,...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Don't Let Your Bees Starve
Replies: 8
Views: 2015

Re: Don't Let Your Bees Starve

Yesterday was the start, but today my home bees are bringing in large amounts of pollen. With brood rearing on the increase and little to no nectar, bees will be burning through stored honey and food supplies. It has been a bad enough winter with larger than normal losses for me, so I don't want to ...
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Legal question
Replies: 14
Views: 1314

Re: Legal question

Until cases are appealed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals or above to the North Carolina Supreme Court, criminal case reports or civil case reports are not published as the decisions are in the articles listed above. You are not easily going to see the underlying facts for charges in criminal ...
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Legal question
Replies: 14
Views: 1314

Re: Legal question

Again, I am not giving a specific legal opinion, but the law may imply or grant permissions for entry on the land of another in limited circumstances that may be to the benefit of the legal possessor of the land or for the benefit of the public at large, but I have not seen any decision in North Car...
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Legal question
Replies: 14
Views: 1314

Re: Legal question

Here is a link to a 1926 North Carolina Law Review article giving a GENERAL description of the law of bees. Again, parts of what is in this article may have been changed by state statutes, court decisions in a state, or by local ordinances. ( This article doesNOT deal with laws involving neighborhoo...
by Jacobs
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Legal question
Replies: 14
Views: 1314

Re: Legal question

Sorry Wally, but you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG on this one. This is my quick response--more to come soon. In law,there is criminal trespass and there is civil trespass.
by Jacobs
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Legal question
Replies: 14
Views: 1314

Re: Legal question

I will probably post some additional information in the near future, but I would NOT think that a New York state or other state decision would set the law/common law for any other state (such as North Carolina). It would be reasonable for us to follow common law rules brought over from England until...
by Jacobs
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Teaching third graders about bees
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Teaching third graders about bees

The GCBA does not have a set of bee prints. I do have a set that I got laminated after being given them. I will be happy to bring them to the meeting and loan them to you. I don't think we are keeping track of volunteer hours now since we are not eligible to go for GAP chapter of the year for awhile...
by Jacobs
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Flowering Quince
Replies: 7
Views: 2387

Re: Flowering Quince

I haven't seen any Leatherleaf Mahonia in bloom yet. A few buds were nearing bloom on David's plant, but only a very few. Are any camellia still blooming or not so far past blooming that they may have pollen?
by Jacobs
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Flowering Quince
Replies: 7
Views: 2387

Re: Flowering Quince

There are some small reddish/pink buds on David's quince, but they are nowhere near blooming. Some buds appear to have been damaged by the last cold blast, but for the most part, this is an early bloomer--just not in December this season.
by Jacobs
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?

No. That will be part of my more aggressive mite monitoring this coming year. The lower temperatures in late August/early September let me complete treatments earlier than usual--perhaps too early. I expect the MAQS was initially effective, but there was more time for a mite build up after treatments.
by Jacobs
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?

I don't have a complete count, but my losses will be significantly higher than in the last few years. I hoped to get away with over wintering with smaller clusters than I had the last several years. That gamble did not pay off. I had done mite treatments in late August/early September, determined hi...
by Jacobs
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?

We all should know more in the next few days. This is the longest stretch since I started beekeeping where weather has prevented bees from flying. I, too, am seeing lots of dead bees in front of hives. The numbers I am seeing are consistent with normal winter losses. I am planning on finishing OA va...
by Jacobs
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Absconded!
Replies: 12
Views: 294

Re: Absconded!

Mite a Way Quick Strips (formic acid) is the only treatment labelled for use with honey supers on. If you have honey supers on without brood in them, I have read about pushing the bees out of them and either removing the super for OA vaporization and putting it back on after about 15 minutes or putt...