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  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 11:09 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Gizmo,
I hope your new package does well for you. All is fine here, but I'm still feeding my bees. This spring hasn't been good. A lot of my blossoming plants were killed back and are not yet recover ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 1:24 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Gizmo,

Sorry for the delayed response. I've been extremely busy this month. When you hived that package that drowned, did you block the entrance? I'm still puzzled about why they would cram into th ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:37 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
As to those bees acting strangely on the ground, almost sounds like poisoning to me.
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:35 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo,

So sorry to read about what happened to your bees! I've never experienced that myself, or heard of anyone using my system having that happen. The only thing I can think of is that the light- ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:54 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Sounds like you're about ready, but you're right about new wood. I always take a propane torch to the insides of my hives first and then rub in some melted beeswax to the follower board (about eight b ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:06 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Hey Gizmo,

You might try doing an internet search for SHB lures to find what else you can use. I actually started out by using pollen comb from the hives and cutting them up and putting them in the ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:56 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Gizmo, looks like you're all set. One thing about the cross stitch cloth you're using in the feeder jars, if it's too stiff to hug the sides of the jar, try just setting it in as a ramp. You don't wan ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:05 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo,

I'm just a hobbyist trying to be as natural as possible as well. I'm only adding OA treatments out of necessity. We'll keep in touch. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:57 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo,

It's been a pleasure! I would like to see pictures when you're done. I retrofitted my hives by first building a hive that had the system in place, and then rehived bees from one hive into th ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:15 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo,

Yes, the bees have direct access to the syrup. The jars screw into the rings without any lids and the bees climb down the screen to the syrup. The wood floats are there only to make sure tha ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:07 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Ball makes both kinds of jars. I only had the full quart, 4 cup, jars that flare out just after the mouth because I used them for canning blueberry syrup. They worked fine for three years, but last su ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:09 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
Hey, gizmo!
I'm east of Cochran, right outside of Augusta.

I once built two hives with eco-floors and decided against using them because of SHB. Phil doesn't have SHB in the UK, but I think they ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:38 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo,

You're welcome. It works great. Plus, it makes it easy to feed the bees, too. No need to open the hive.

Jon
  Topic: Small hive beetle & honey storage
JGW07

Replies: 6
Views: 3019

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:01 am   Subject: Small hive beetle & honey storage
They have certainly taken care of the beetle problem for me. It's an easy system to add to a hive, as well as easy to check the bottles and change them out if needed. I also appreciate being able to f ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07

Replies: 31
Views: 6091

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:45 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
I live in Georgia and SHB were my nemesis until I started using this system in 2013. The beetles have since become a non-problem for me. http://imgur.com/a/3YTzK
  Topic: Small hive beetle & honey storage
JGW07

Replies: 6
Views: 3019

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:06 am   Subject: Small hive beetle & honey storage
Great video! James Ellis is a real Georgia boy. Listening to him was like listening to my neighbor. Everything about him, from his accent to his sense of humor is pure Southern.

I've done a lot of ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle & honey storage
JGW07

Replies: 6
Views: 3019

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:56 pm   Subject: Small hive beetle & honey storage
I'm going to answer this in reverse order. Have you gone through a prolonged dearth this summer? It's very possible that they haven't been able to build up any honey stores. Have you tried comparing p ...
  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
JGW07

Replies: 9
Views: 3117

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:10 am   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
In the end, I see this more as a novelty because the cost would be prohibitive for many hives. And like I said before, I can't see putting this thing back together with thousands of bees squirming all ...
  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
JGW07

Replies: 9
Views: 3117

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:47 pm   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
It's definitely a new take on the beehive, and I do see merit in the design for those who want to use foundation and aren't into natural or building their own hives, but he demonstrates it with a very ...
  Topic: Worker size
JGW07

Replies: 8
Views: 3010

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:04 pm   Subject: Worker size
I think it has to do with the prominence of the cell imprint. I've read about bees going off the pattern when the imprint was negligible. That would be a good thing in a top bar hive since we want the ...
  Topic: Ants
JGW07

Replies: 18
Views: 5181

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:30 pm   Subject: Ants
Ants are often found on tomato plants, so I'm not sure why they would be repelled by the leaves in a hive. When I wanted to keep ants out of a hive, I placed the legs on ashtrays. I set the legs on th ...
  Topic: Update: Easy feeder/pest control system
JGW07

Replies: 11
Views: 10717

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:36 pm   Subject: Update: Easy feeder/pest control system
Thanks, Barbara! From the beginning of this project, I had in mind that it had to be cheap, easy to make, and effective. The lids were the only sticking point on that, and now I think that's solved. I ...
  Topic: Update: Easy feeder/pest control system
JGW07

Replies: 11
Views: 10717

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:03 pm   Subject: Update: Easy feeder/pest control system
Hey, everybody!

Here's my yearly update for those of you dealing with small hive beetles. I made a big change in my lids and I've updated my album http://imgur.com/a/3YTzK . I no longer use screene ...
  Topic: South Carolina, naturally
JGW07

Replies: 3
Views: 3493

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:26 pm   Subject: South Carolina, naturally
Meg,
Where in the Augusta area? I live in Hephzibah.
  Topic: South Carolina, naturally
JGW07

Replies: 3
Views: 3493

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:20 am   Subject: South Carolina, naturally
Fr. White, I live just across the border in Georgia, near Augusta. I've been keeping bees in top bar hives since 2010, so I might be of some help to you regarding what challenges you'll face in our re ...
  Topic: Feeding in new tbh
JGW07

Replies: 4
Views: 3843

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 12:39 pm   Subject: Feeding in new tbh
Feed a 1:1 sugar syrup. Don't invert it by adding vinegar or lemon juice (some still advise that you do, but research shows it doesn't help the bees and may actually shorten their lives). With my firs ...
  Topic: cross comb/collapse...queen question
JGW07

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:29 pm   Subject: cross comb/collapse...queen question
What you're afraid may have happened--accidentally killing the queen--actually happened to me when I first started. Four combs, heavy with brood and honey, collapsed. I tried attaching the combs with ...
  Topic: venting TBH input
JGW07

Replies: 2
Views: 3281

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:00 pm   Subject: venting TBH input
My hives are sealed up really tight. A quick and easy way I add ventilation is to drill six 3/4" holes along a top bar. One side gets screened, and the other side gets corks. Uncork as many holes ...
  Topic: Update: Easy feeder/pest control system
JGW07

Replies: 11
Views: 10717

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:47 am   Subject: Update: Easy feeder/pest control system
I haven't posted in a while (although I often visit just to see what's going on here). I continue to experiment with my system. I decided to go with only three holes for the next two hives, but have c ...
  Topic: TBH in South Carolina
JGW07

Replies: 2
Views: 3257

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:43 pm   Subject: TBH in South Carolina
I live outside of Augusta, GA, so I'm not in SC, but I'm right next door.

Jon
 
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