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  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:11 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Apart from either varnishing the inside of the hive or waiting for the bees to do it themselves, I am wondering what else can be done to provide a good condensation surface in the hive?

One of the ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
CCD

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:17 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
This all seems to focus on the summer time when there are a lot of active bees to remove the water physically from the walls/ roof etc.

What about the winter time? I thought that condensation and m ...
  Topic: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
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PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:45 am   Subject: Hypothetical chat - What if imports were banned.
You are forgetting one small detail - honey bees are not native to North America. So the European black bee is no more natural or adapted to survive there in Iowa than Carnolians or Italians.
 
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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.

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More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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