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by Jacobs
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic acid wands
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: Oxalic acid wands

In doing some reading on OA dribble, I have a few concerns--if you do not get your mixture right and have too much OA in the syrup I think you can kill bees that OAV avoids. Also, I would not want to open hives and put a liquid on bees when OA is most effective in mid-November to mid-December, our p...
by Jacobs
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic acid wands
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: Oxalic acid wands

We have wands and OA as part of our Mite Patrol program to instruct our new beekeepers on mite monitoring and OAV. We do not have a loaner program for the equipment. We may eventually move to a loaner program, but have not reached any consensus on how it might work.
by Jacobs
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Attempted Abscond/Suicide Swarm-9/23/20
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Attempted Abscond/Suicide Swarm-9/23/20

No clue. They had taken some, but I spilled out some when I removed the top feeder. It was not moldy or fermented. The sugar water was the same in both feeder set ups. Perhaps it was the presentation they objected to.
by Jacobs
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Attempted Abscond/Suicide Swarm-9/23/20
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Attempted Abscond/Suicide Swarm-9/23/20

Around noon today, a weak hive I reduced to a nuc started to leave. After about 10 minutes, the small cloud returned to the nuc. I figured the queen did not leave with the "swarm" and I decided to wait half an hour to see if there was a queen and why the bees would want to leave. There was a queen a...
by Jacobs
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic acid wands
Replies: 9
Views: 122

Re: Oxalic acid wands

A basic wand should be fine for 6 hives. The $400+ that go into a small hole in the hive and immediately vaporize the OA are really nice for treating large numbers of hives, but not necessary for a smaller number. With the basic wand, just remember that as you continue to use the wand, it maintains ...
by Jacobs
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Public Service Opportunity
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Public Service Opportunity

It wound up being 3 classes, about 15 3-4 year olds, almost all wearing masks, at an outdoor "classroom" area that got to see bees in the observation hive and the large bee photographs. I'm not sure how much they got out of it, but perhaps there will be a future beekeeper in the group.
by Jacobs
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: A little bit of Humor
Topic: Be(e) Prepared
Replies: 0
Views: 40

Be(e) Prepared

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by Jacobs
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2 questions
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: 2 questions

I would not be looking to make splits now, but am trying to combine weaker hives into strong ones to have the strongest hives possible going into winter. I have finally learned the lesson Kurt Bower has been preaching for years about taking your losses in the fall-- a strong fall hive has a better c...
by Jacobs
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Public Service Opportunity
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Public Service Opportunity

I sent you a pm.
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Searching for queen after FormicPro
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Searching for queen after FormicPro

The Formic Pro label says check for queen right hives one FULL month after treatment. I haven't researched the why of this--whether their research shows a queen may shut down or whether that is the approximate time it would take for a supercedure queen to be made and start laying.
by Jacobs
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Wide Mouth Canning Jars
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Wide Mouth Canning Jars

Earlier this summer, I picked up around 100 cases of canning jars from a home near mine. They have 35-50 year old canned food in them. They clean up well and are high quality vintage jars. They don't smell as bad as you think they might. Most have a kind of fermented smell to them. I have pressure c...
by Jacobs
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 16
Views: 9289

Re: Mite Treatments

I put Formic Pro strips in all hives strong enough to take them yesterday morning. I have 3-4 weak hives at the house that I have set up for OAV tomorrow morning. With these, I plan on doing 2-3 OAV applications and then either combining them all together or combining them into stronger hives when t...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Environmental Center
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: Environmental Center

Where is the environmental center? Others may not be aware of the location and may recognize that they have bees in the area.
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Abscond
Replies: 0
Views: 376

Abscond

I got to witness an abscond develop and resolve with one of my move-in swarms Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday, I was checking on this swarm that never seemed to thrive. Although it had been queenright before, I saw some scattered capped brood and a few older larvae, but no eggs and no queen when I in...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Paper combining
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Paper combining

I don't know if it matters, but I prefer to have the queenright on the bottom and open for flight. I put the queenless super(s) above it with several slices in the newspaper and the top entrance closed. The queenless bees have to go through the newspaper to get out. This has worked well for me and i...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 10
Views: 5929

Re: Dearth?

I reduced the nectarometer content to 1 oz./pint a couple of days ago. The bees emptied half of it and then ignored it. Yesterday, I upped the content to 2 oz./pint and the bees emptied it. Wet honey supers definitely spark chaos. The bees must be finding something, but not much. I'm going to take w...
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Found dead queen in introductory frame
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Found dead queen in introductory frame

Sounds to me like you have about as good an idea of what is going on/what happened as can be had. I have seen bees ignore a queen in a cage after package installation, even to the point of the queen dying. In these cases I expect to find that the "mother" queen of a colony had been shaken into the p...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Stupid hive beetles
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Re: Stupid hive beetles

I didn't have a hive beetle problem----yet. I am in the process of planning for "fall" varroa management and for examining hives that do not appear to be as strong as others. The day before yesterday, I determined that one of the weaker hives was queen right but had requeened. The population was way...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Recording of GCBA meetings
Replies: 0
Views: 864

Recording of GCBA meetings

This link will take you to a recording of our 7/14/20 meeting. Put in the password at the end of the link and you should be able to view it. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/uJBzIIjZ-iRIW6_U5hHiWpUIAp7raaa81iYd-KcLnh1fKxVR6aaSzazm7P0x-VFW Password: 8Z.g170P Link and password to our 8/11/20 meeting-...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: European Hornets
Replies: 8
Views: 6082

Re: European Hornets

I killed my first European Hornet this evening. I'll be paying the price for having missed killing a queen or two earlier this season and now have to contend with the foragers.