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by Jacobs
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?
Replies: 6
Views: 78

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: 6
Views: 78

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: 6
Views: 78

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: 168

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...
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer
Replies: 9
Views: 3347

Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

The OA didn't kill the treated bees--I still hear buzzing in the hives. I am debating whether I want to go to Brown Summit and treat if temperatures will reach the upper 30's-low 40's on Wednesday.
by Jacobs
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Absconded!
Replies: 12
Views: 168

Re: Absconded!

I'm thinking that was a sticky board count and not a sugar roll result. The highest sugar roll I got this season was 30.
by Jacobs
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer
Replies: 9
Views: 3347

Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

I took advantage of the "warm" temperatures today to use the OA vaporizer on 4 hives at the house. The other hives are either Wayne's Bees (no mite treatment) or nucs that are too small to safely vaporize. When we get a warmer stretch, I plan to treat at the Cooperative Extension, Brown Summit, and ...
by Jacobs
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Absconded!
Replies: 12
Views: 168

Re: Absconded!

Another consideration may be the age of your comb. As it ages, more and more pesticides/fungicides concentrate in the comb. I am having a few more unexplained deadouts this year and think this may be one of the factors. Last summer I started putting a couple of strong hives to work drawing fresh com...
by Jacobs
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 24
Views: 8708

Re: Solstice

Happy bee new year 2017. I have seen a few dandelion blooms, but this more normal fall weather-wise means we are not getting the early blooming like 2015 or 2016. The mahonia I have seen are budding, but appear nowhere near blooming. Hives I checked the day before yesterday have not started building...
by Jacobs
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bees and Water
Replies: 9
Views: 3359

Re: Bees and Water

My bees are showing strong interest in water again. My guess is that they are thinning out stored honey or, on hives with shims, using the water to go along with sugar blocks. It is a little too early to figure on increased brood rearing being the cause--hopefully, that is coming soon.
by Jacobs
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Christmas Dinner 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 71

Christmas Dinner 2017

The MONTHLY MEETING of Guilford County Beekeepers Association will meet Tuesday, December 12, 6:00PM for Christmas Party. Gather in the “Main Building” meeting room (next door), Guilford County Ag Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC. Please join us at 6:00 with dinner at 6:30PM. Parking - w...
by Jacobs
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Sugar Bricks
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Sugar Bricks

Swarms I caught in early May or later and splits I made at that time did not put up honey. Some of my out yard hives that swarmed late re-queened, but never pushed the queen down and back filled the upper supers with nectar/honey. Hives of decent strength have been eating the sugar blocks I have giv...
by Jacobs
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Earliest time to rear queens
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Earliest time to rear queens

I haven't been grafting, but the mid-February seems right for the early appearance of purple eyed drone larvae. Based on the 2013 post on this board, we were seeing drones flying in some hives just before February 15th. I am more cautious and do not want to put mated queens in nucs and let the large...
by Jacobs
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Counts at the Ag Extension
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: Mite Counts at the Ag Extension

I never got around to the mite count just after the knock down, but I did wind up putting a half treatment of MAQS on each hive in late September. Both are queen right and look healthy. The hive with the original -0- count continues to be stronger than the one with the 30 count. I am planning a "Mit...
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: MiteAway Quick Strips
Replies: 27
Views: 6874

Re: MiteAway Quick Strips

All hives have laying queens after removal of the MAQS, including the Cooperative Extension hives. Despite what NOD has said, I have NEVER seen any of my bees remove the strips once treatment was completed.
by Jacobs
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Hopefully this is a permanent placement. It is not a GCBA sponsored activity.
by Jacobs
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Arboretum_IMG_2284.JPG David helped me move 2 hives to the Greensboro Arboretum yesterday morning. Although I have seen honey bees in the Arboretum each time I visited, folks there wanted the pollination activity that had been lost when a bee tree came down several years ago. I can't say if the bee...
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Posted on behalf of the late Nathan Carter's grandson--bee equipment for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Posted on behalf of the late Nathan Carter's grandson--bee equipment for sale

To:you Details Yes that would be fine, I have looked all over the Internet and have not found many places I could post so any place would be extremely helpful. Thank you, Eric Carter On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 10:18 AM <robertjjacobs@aol.com> wrote: Eric, I am sorry about the loss of your grandfather. I...
by Jacobs
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-10/3/17 (9/28/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Swarm-10/3/17 (9/28/17)

I got a call this afternoon about honey bees in a tree. They had been there since last Thursday. Swarm_10317_IMG_2283.JPG I poked my finger in the cluster and found no comb, so I started vacuuming the bees. Once started, there was about a 1 square inch area of new comb. The bees must have been starv...
by Jacobs
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: MiteAway Quick Strips
Replies: 27
Views: 6874

Re: MiteAway Quick Strips

Updating this string of posts--I put half treatments of MAQS on full hives and quarter treatments on nucs at the house this afternoon. My Wayne's Bees here at the house do not get treated. I also treated the Cooperative Extension (Ag Center) hives today. The nucs, late season swarms & very late seas...