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  Topic: keeping big red ants out of my hives ?
dustinbajer

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:18 pm   Subject: Diatomaceous Earth
I manage a few hives that have some monster ant hills nearby so I build a stand and placed the feet of the stand into some inverted cups that I keep filled with vegetable oil. This makes a physical ba ...
  Topic: keeping big red ants out of my hives ?
dustinbajer

Replies: 8
Views: 13871

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:02 pm   Subject: Diatomaceous Earth
I manage a few hives that have some monster ant hills nearby so I build a stand and placed the feet of the stand into some inverted cups that I keep filled with vegetable oil. This makes a physical ba ...
  Topic: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
dustinbajer

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Views: 39593

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:44 pm   Subject: Bees build from the top down
In the wild, the bees will move to the top of their hollow cavity they're occupying and then start building comb downwards. They should do this in your tall Warre hive. The only thing that might stop/ ...
  Topic: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
dustinbajer

Replies: 24
Views: 39593

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:44 pm   Subject: Bees build from the top down
In the wild, the bees will move to the top of their hollow cavity they're occupying and then start building comb downwards. They should do this in your tall Warre hive. The only thing that might stop/ ...
  Topic: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
dustinbajer

Replies: 24
Views: 39593

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:43 pm   Subject: Bees build from the top down
In the wild, the bees will move to the top of their hollow cavity they're occupying and then start building comb downwards. They should do this in your tall Warre hive. The only thing that might stop/ ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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