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  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Bugscouter

Replies: 25
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 4:49 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
I just went through the same thing. I checked on a split two weeks ago. I knew they raised a new queen and she should have been laying, but I couldn't see a thing. But there was pollen going in so ...
  Topic: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
Bugscouter

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 9:52 pm   Subject: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
Thanks Dexter. I just figured I needed to recalibrate my "observations at the entrance before deciding to go in" experience.

Curious, your girls swarming over there yet? Ours are done. ...
  Topic: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
Bugscouter

Replies: 4
Views: 3519

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 7:42 pm   Subject: To Dexter's Shed - Queenless Colonies and pollen
I started a new thread because I didn't want to pull the other off topic.

Sorry Dexter. Usually I make a deal out of using the correct terms so that I'm sure we're talking about the same thing. The ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Bugscouter

Replies: 25
Views: 14256

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 3:22 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds,

Barbara is correct. Pollen going in means they expect babies soon. Good news.

I'm curious, are you in the city of El Dorado Hills? Or up in the foothills? I haven't been past Folsom ...
  Topic: Zero comb two days after package installation
Bugscouter

Replies: 25
Views: 14256

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:33 pm   Subject: Zero comb two days after package installation
bbounds, I'm just down the street from you. Want some help?

Ron
  Topic: moisture droplets on top bars
Bugscouter

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:25 pm   Subject: moisture droplets on top bars
Hi Jeff,

I know you've been getting a lot of cold rain lately, so I have a couple of suggestions.

I haven't seen your setup, but you said you removed a couple of topbars that they were not build ...
  Topic: Corny Joke
Bugscouter

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 5:03 am   Subject: Corny Joke
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  Topic: Ant Control
Bugscouter

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 3:56 pm   Subject: Ant Control
exmar, I'm not really sure how other than chemicals. They don't bother the bees or get into my home so I like having them in the garden messing with the plant eaters.

One thing you might try. Mix ...
  Topic: Ant Control
Bugscouter

Replies: 6
Views: 6340

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 3:24 pm   Subject: Ant Control
exmar,

The control measures you mentioned didn't work because they are designed for sweet loving ants. Your larger ants are probably meat eaters.

A healthy bee colony can probably handle defe ...
  Topic: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
Bugscouter

Replies: 22
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 3:04 pm   Subject: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
The pollination contracts are usually up around $200 a hive for almonds and then they move into cherries, plums, melons, etc. We'll see 100 hives stolen at a time just before the almonds break bud. ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
Bugscouter

Replies: 26
Views: 37448

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 3:14 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
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  Topic: When should you see something in comb?
Bugscouter

Replies: 2
Views: 3100

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 3:09 pm   Subject: When should you see something in comb?
nichole,

Where in Northern California are you?

You can use the search bar above to search this forum for help on "Cross Comb". There are also a few YouTube videos that can help. You ...
  Topic: Wild bee house design.
Bugscouter

Replies: 13
Views: 9364

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 3:37 pm   Subject: Wild bee house design.
fingerpuk,

I would make the diameter uniform. What diameter depends on the bees in your area. Maybe your prototype should have varying sized holes, say 3/8" down to 1/16". Also, six in ...
  Topic: Mason Bees in log home cracks
Bugscouter

Replies: 2
Views: 5241

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 5:15 am   Subject: Mason Bees in log home cracks
You need to ID the bees. Mason and Leaf Cutters are probably fine. The Mason cocoons will over winter in the log and be gone in spring, unless they find another crack.

Carpenter bees may be anoth ...
  Topic: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Bugscouter

Replies: 5
Views: 6271

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:19 pm   Subject: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Glad to hear they worked it out.

Ron
  Topic: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Bugscouter

Replies: 5
Views: 6271

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:28 pm   Subject: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Got it. I thought they were chasing around the inside of the hive.

These are probably male carpenter bees. They are territorial and will harass any body or any insect that gets to close to their ...
  Topic: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Bugscouter

Replies: 5
Views: 6271

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:49 am   Subject: HELP! Carpenter bees agitating my brand new colony!
Try reducing the size of the entrance. Carpenter Bees like an entrance of at least 1/2 inch. Your bees need at least 3/8 inch. It'll look crowded, but they'll still be able to use the entrance.
  Topic: Mason Bees
Bugscouter

Replies: 5
Views: 8139

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:44 am   Subject: Mason Bees
Net,

I'm not sure your post was directed at me, but I've not tried yet. I know you can buy straws for the hotels, pull the straws out when full, and replace with fresh straws. The idea behind put ...
  Topic: Mason Bees
Bugscouter

Replies: 5
Views: 8139

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:20 pm   Subject: Mason Bees
Thanks for the reminder. I've been meaning to try making a block, but with many more different sized holes. Start with 3/8 inch, then 5/16, followed by 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16 inch. Apparently in our ar ...
  Topic: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Bugscouter

Replies: 15
Views: 14805

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:19 am   Subject: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Hi Heather. Welcome to the forum. I'm very sorry to hear that your bees are having a rough time of it.

There are folks on this forum that will get upset with me, but I'll give you my two cents. ...
  Topic: I've got honey, now what? Help
Bugscouter

Replies: 13
Views: 13274

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:18 pm   Subject: I've got honey, now what? Help
bob,

There's also the nutritional aspect too. Honey is more than just sugar and water. Personally, I try to not take more honey than I think they'll need and only feed sugar in an emergency.

R ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Bugscouter

Replies: 13
Views: 12192

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:24 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Definitely needs some ventilation. You say its easy to replace the floor with mesh, that's what I'd do in addition to the screen over the entrance. Also lift the nuc up on blocks so the air can get ...
  Topic: 2012-13 Survey SHB and Nosema
Bugscouter

Replies: 0
Views: 2435

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:13 am   Subject: 2012-13 Survey SHB and Nosema
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLs1T_4Csj8&feature=youtu.be&a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHgAzWJri0Y&feature=youtu.be&a

(Edited to correct the date in the heading)
  Topic: Early Bloom Creates Problems for Beekeepers
Bugscouter

Replies: 0
Views: 3407

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:46 pm   Subject: Early Bloom Creates Problems for Beekeepers
This is actually a pretty good article on how the bee's biology is tying in with our drought.

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20140325/NEWS01/303250015/Early-bloom-creates-trouble-beekeepe ...
  Topic: Hive Tracks
Bugscouter

Replies: 8
Views: 8588

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:33 am   Subject: Hive Tracks
You'll be glad you've taken notes now when you start making splits, etc.
  Topic: 2012-13 Survey - Bacterial Control
Bugscouter

Replies: 0
Views: 2413

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:36 am   Subject: 2012-13 Survey - Bacterial Control
Gareth,

I think you'll find this one interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elcpmoug9ok&feature=youtu.be&a
  Topic: First attempt at a bait hive
Bugscouter

Replies: 16
Views: 18908

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:48 pm   Subject: First attempt at a bait hive
I was wondering about the girls chewing on the cardboard. You would need to check it often.

I hefted an 18 inch top bar nuc 10 feet up a wall for a trap out last year. I like the idea of lighter.
  Topic: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey - Varroa Control
Bugscouter

Replies: 1
Views: 3130

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:37 pm   Subject: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey - Varroa Control
I'm sharing because anything that generates discussions is good. Also, remember, this only reflects the results submitted by people who answered the survey here in the states.

http://www.youtube.c ...
  Topic: Belt & braces or silly idea?
Bugscouter

Replies: 5
Views: 5460

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:59 am   Subject: Belt & braces or silly idea?
I suspect you'll get several folks commenting, but I'll go ahead and jump in while I'm here.

I'm on the other side of the pond from you and our weather has been the opposite of what you've been exp ...
  Topic: Condensation problem?
Bugscouter

Replies: 9
Views: 9652

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:23 pm   Subject: Condensation problem?
This is mostly for my education as I do not have any experience with a Warre. It seems like the quilt should be soaking up at least some of the moisture. I know houstonbees says the odors are normal ...
 
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