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  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:52 am   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
Thanks Barbara,

The decision to use acid on my bees (to be dramatic) was helped by these guys.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2R4u42XcAA3Dte.jpg

If a sick hedgehog turns up in my garden I take ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:24 pm   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
Hi Mike,

Sorry just seen your response.

My decision for my one and only colony was to treat with MAQS and cull a frame of drone brood in late April with a daily varroa drop running at 40+ appro ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:23 pm   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
An update about my one precious little colony! :¬)

GOOD NEWS. First inspection today and they made it through. Brood on 8 frames, and some drone comb capped.

Over the winter they have had over ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:40 am   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
So you pour the sugar into the bulb. I can imagine both of these devices can get gummed up with damp or even humidity.

Thanks Trekmate
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:46 pm   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
I've got some Christmas vouchers to spend at Thornes and am considering one of these.

https://www.thorne.co.uk/image/cache/data/products/M3034-500x500.jpg

. . . a '1kg capacity air bellow operat ...
  Topic: Winter ventilation - condensation
yellowbelly

Replies: 2
Views: 4769

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:09 pm   Subject: Winter ventilation - condensation
Thanks catchercradle,

I think what I was seeing was them concentrating nectar by fanning down the comb face and the humid air hitting the cold mesh floor, condensing and it dripping onto the slide. ...
  Topic: Winter ventilation - condensation
yellowbelly

Replies: 2
Views: 4769

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:04 pm   Subject: Winter ventilation - condensation
High temperatures yesterday (13degC/55degF) allowed my girls to get out. Even finding some pollen. Good to see them. I'd missed them.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C0hQkWEW8AAP68U.jpg

I opened the ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:42 am   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
Hi AndyC,
The 'sugar shake' method is where you take a sample of bees and shake them in a container with some sugar? To get the sample you'd have to lift out a frame and shake some off. I would feel ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:53 pm   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
Yes, the advice in the attached references was 125g per brood box per application. I reduced that to 100g each time.

The top picture shows the sugar resting on the top of the frames. I would then u ...
  Topic: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
yellowbelly

Replies: 15
Views: 14250

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:52 pm   Subject: Icing sugar treatment for varroa mites
Just thought I'd share my experience of using icing/powdered sugar to reduce the number of varroa in a colony. And to get an opinion as to whether it has been worthwhile.

https://pbs.twimg.com/medi ...
  Topic: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
yellowbelly

Replies: 5
Views: 7865

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:43 pm   Subject: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
Thanks Lance,

I've been using one of Dave Cushman's designs until recently. It seemed to work OK. The wasps then disappeared and I put the traps away. Looks like I'll need them again.

. . . . Be ...
  Topic: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
yellowbelly

Replies: 5
Views: 7865

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:05 am   Subject: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
Thanks Ollie, trekmate

So the indication is pollen being dislodged shows that the entrance is too small.

I've learnt as a newbie not to act quickly. You see a pile of bees trying to get through ...
  Topic: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
yellowbelly

Replies: 5
Views: 7865

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:51 pm   Subject: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
I've reduced the entrance size on a National hive and added a mouse guard. It's a small colony with 4-5 frames of bees.

Today with a bit of warmth and sun they're busy on the ivy and mid-afternoon ...
  Topic: Asian Hornet in UK
yellowbelly

Replies: 58
Views: 54492

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:38 am   Subject: Asian Hornet in UK
Tetbury is surprisingly far north and not particularly near a major port for a first confirmed case. That suggests it's more widespread than we currently think.

Someone may have brought an old cara ...
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
yellowbelly

Replies: 10
Views: 11418

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:26 am   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Thanks Ollie, will do.

Started this thread wondering about using technology, a simple electronic thermometer. Came across this and felt deflated, it's all been done and so much more thoroughly than ...
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
yellowbelly

Replies: 10
Views: 11418

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:19 pm   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
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  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
yellowbelly

Replies: 10
Views: 11418

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:58 pm   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Happy Bees. . . are you hacked into my system?

. . . . because I have just watched about 3 hours of Mike Bush Youtube videos!! Such as. . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rwDPXJdJG8

There i ...
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
yellowbelly

Replies: 10
Views: 11418

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:39 am   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Hi Barbara, I think you're warning about trying to micro-manage is very apt. As a beginner I worry about doing the right thing and whether what I've done is causing harm. (I've never had to look after ...
  Topic: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
yellowbelly

Replies: 10
Views: 11418

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:51 pm   Subject: Hive instrumentation - has anyone tried a thermometer?
Has anyone tried adding a thermometer or hygrometer to a hive?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqkJbguWcAALCWC.jpg

I've sat watching the entrance at bees fanning today and wondered is it too hot and ...
  Topic: Dead larvae found in floor slide.
yellowbelly

Replies: 2
Views: 4839

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:21 pm   Subject: Dead larvae found in floor slide.
Thanks Barbara,

Reporting back, super and queen excluder removed. Super untouched and brood frames still not drawn out. Using an empty super on top of crownboard as space for feeder with a layer of ...
  Topic: Dead larvae found in floor slide.
yellowbelly

Replies: 2
Views: 4839

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:09 pm   Subject: Dead larvae found in floor slide.
Hi,

This is my first hive. I'm using a standard National hive on a mesh floor and have found 8 well grown larvae in the floor slide in the last couple of days. In recent inspections there seemed to ...
 
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