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  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
sam_uk

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:10 pm   Subject: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
So I opened the doorway to the hive again today. The bees seem a bit more organised, they are defending the door and chucking out the dead bees and wasps.

The wasp numbers seem to be reduced, not s ...
  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
sam_uk

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:37 am   Subject: Thanks!
Hi all

Thanks for the really helpful replies.

I should have mentioned that I have already put out four wasp traps about 10m from the hive. I've also hung a DIY waspinator http://waspinator.co.u ...
  Topic: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
sam_uk

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:28 am   Subject: Wasps robbing - drastic action? Or let the colony go?
Hi All

I have a cast swarm. in a Warre hive. They have been doing well for a month or so, taking in pollen, building up honey.

In the last few days they have been under serious wasp attack. 5-8 ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
sam_uk

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:09 pm   Subject: condensation plate?
This is an interesting thread.

I'm thinking that a small condensation plate in the north side of each box might be useful?

A small 3cmx 3cm L shaped piece of metal on the inside, bolted through ...
 
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