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    Wax moth in brood box

    Didn't know what Certan was - googled it and I do now. I'll get some of that too. But isn't it only for protecting stored frames, not for use in an active brood box. I've moved the brood to a new box and floor and just hope there's nothing in the frames. I will flame the old box and floor...
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    Wax moth in brood box

    Great - i thought Kingspan would be the way to go but wanted to be sure I wouldn't harm the bees - and I've got some spare sheets around too :) I'll reduce the entrance on the hive as well. Thanks for the suggestions - appreciated
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    Wax moth in brood box

    And give them a new floor too.
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    Wax moth in brood box

    Checked my small hive with a collected swarm in. Three of the unused frames in the box were dripping with wax moth, horrible state, grubs everywhere. Cleaned it out and killed (hopefully) all the moths and grubs, and intend to move the brood to a new unused box tomorrow. I'll blowtorch the...
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    What's the best thing to burn in smoker?

    Title says it all I still have problems lighting my smoker and keeping it alight. Use wood chips after council cut down trees locally and left big piles of chips in hedgerow a few years ago. Dried them out for months in polytunnel before use. But what's the best thing to use? Fed up of smoker...
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    Spring feeding

    Out of interest, what is wrong with demareering?
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    Caught a swarm in bait hive

    Sorry, probably used the wrong description calling her a virgin queen then. Bee inspector seemed happy enough that it was a queen laying correctly
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    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    I react badly to being stung by my bees still. Got stung on finger on Tuesday, my own fault, took glove off for 30 secs to take pics of bees coating hive because of heat, and they got me. Didn't have any antihystemins, right hand swelled up like a boxing glove, lots of pain, helped by bag of...
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    Caught a swarm in bait hive

    Queen found Thanks for the advice to be patient. Virgin queen laying well in the hive. Had the bee inspector around today and she very kindly marked my new queen. Passed my first bee inspection too A good day...
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    Caught a swarm in bait hive

    I believe I've caught a swarm in my bait hive. TO be honest, it was just an empty hive sitting in the apiary, but it now has bees in. But there doesn't seem to be any brood of any type, just lots of bees and honey. No sign of any queen, not that I'm particularly good at seeing unmarked queens...
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    Requeening hives failed

    I made the mistake of believing what the book told me To quote from Dummies Guide to Beekeeping, p185, How to deal with drone laying workers : Most of these older foraging bees will find their way back to the hive. But the young nurse bees, the ones that have been laying eggs, have never...
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    Requeening hives failed

    I removed the suspected drone laying worker hive, stand, base and all to a new site and emptied all the bees out onto the floor. Carefully brushed each frame down and put in a sealed box. Completely brushed down all elements of the hive to make sure no bees remained. All the hive parts were...
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    Requeening hives failed

    The queens came from Ricky Wilson at the Cych Valley Honey Farm in Cardigan. He advertises in the Welsh Beekeepers magazine. All Qs brood tested before dispatch Introducing them - just pushed a couple of frames apart in the middle of the nest and inserted the plastic cage they came in...
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    Requeening hives failed

    Sorry, yes, I meant the hive had drone laying workers. So empty the drone laying worker hive onto the floor in front of a stronger hive. Will the bees be accepted into a stronger hive? What about the second hive which hadn't developed drone laying workers, but still don't seem to have...
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    Requeening hives failed

    Three of my hives became queenless, mainly down to my fiddling. One of the hives developed drone layers, the other two didnt. Despite several attempts to get them to raise QCs from frames of BIAS, didnt have any luck. So on 1st August, introduced three new queens. On checking today, only one...
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