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  Topic: Ant Control
DesertDisciple

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:21 pm   Subject: Ant Control
Hi, I'm new so take anything I suggest with a grain of salt.

Have you heard of DE? (diatamacious earth) it is supposed to be a very Eco-friendly insect control agent. It works physically rather th ...
  Topic: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
DesertDisciple

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:08 pm   Subject: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
Thanks again for your replies. I will definitely be looking up local beeks in my area for advice. I am well aware of the AHB situation in my area. For what it's worth, I've been within 5 feet of their ...
  Topic: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
DesertDisciple

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:10 am   Subject: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
Dexter's Shed,

I don't know of anyone nearby, unfortunately. My area, though rural, is not very friendly to sustainable agriculture, though I feel that is quickly changing. There are certainly beek ...
  Topic: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
DesertDisciple

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 9:05 am   Subject: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
Glad to hear back so quickly from you all. Thank you for the suggestions.

The shop is actually included with the home that I currently rent.

So it sounds like I have two suggestions: trap them o ...
  Topic: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
DesertDisciple

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 7:58 am   Subject: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
Hello, this is my very first post. I will shortly be posting in the introduction forum, so if you would like to know more about me and why I joined the sight, you can read the upcoming post!

I have ...
 
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