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  1. sugar syrup dispenser c/w 12 v pump &550 litre tank
    3 points
  2. cut/scrape it all out, put it in a pot and put it on the stove.
    3 points
  3. Speedy mixture ... I have just made three of these. One I used jam, water, sugar and cider vinegar and for the other couple I pureed some windfall apples, that the little blighters seem to be enjoying, and mixed this with some sugar, water and apple cider vinegar. While it was on the bench waiting for me to chop the bottles along came a wasp - INSIDE and straight to the mix!!!! GOTCHA good you little ........:devil:
    3 points
  4. yes on top of the Bee culture and other beekeeping mags and fishing one and trucking one too the smoko room is quiet when new mags turn up
    2 points
  5. We've been lucky and found another big nest. So now there are two down, the last one must have been a real threat to the hives. Things have now quitened down. There must still be a couple of nest that are eluding us but they must be smaller. There are only a small number of wasps at the hives now not 50 or so in one hit. Makes a difference. 5 of the 6 hives should now survive the onslaught. We have turned no 6 into a nuc and moved it a few 100 meters, hid it behind a bush. Yes, i know it should be at least 3 km away but, no foragers left so don't think it will matter to much. Not even sure w
    2 points
  6. Ouch Dan, will be up your way on 11/5/15, will call in for a coffee during that week.
    1 point
  7. I believe Hebes have now been renamed Veronicas, which they were known as prior to Cockayne & Allen in 1929. Apparently DNA science has degreed they should have stayed Veronicas all the time.
    1 point
  8. Cut soft drink bottle off just below the neck. Invert neck into bottle. Staple. Mix flat soft drink or water, old jam add a splash of vinegar and a squirt of dishwashing liquid. Wasp will fly in and the dish wash makes them sink. The vinegar discourages the bees. I've caught 1000s of wasps. Cheap and it makes me feel happier.
    1 point
  9. Found a couple of dead outs today, hives completely cleaned out by the wasps. The other 7 on site are fine and strong with just a few dead wasps inside the hives. One of the dead outs was full of Q cells so that explains that one, the other I knew was in trouble as it had no brood last time I checked it.
    1 point
  10. My other one unopened as well so if anyone wants it
    1 point
  11. I got 2 Magazines also, one still in its plastic wrap if anybody has missed out let me know.
    1 point
  12. Tried this out today, really impressed with how well it works Pic is about 30min after making trap.
    1 point
  13. Checked through my 8 home hives today after finishing Oxalic vapour treatment a couple of weeks ago. First hive riddled with varroa. This hive had a very high varroa count before treatment. Varroa all over the bees and comb. Plenty of DWV about. But as I continued, all the other hives are strong and thriving, so I am happy with the results. I merged the sick hive with a strong queenless hive, treated with vapour again and put in 4 strips of Apivar, just into that hive One hive is extremely aggressive and delivered me dozens of stings, even through suit and tee shirt. Then, I put so
    1 point
  14. great news! sounds like a good move, if the strong hives aren't using the super/3rd box then you could consider removing that too rather than leaving an extra space that the bees won't need during winter, but may lose heat through. Depends on your setup though obviously I'm not sure how big the hole is, but if you keep having problems you could use the top from a tin can to block it, tape or glue it in place - wasps won't chew through metal
    1 point
  15. Thanks very much - looks quite simple ....... and cheap (y)
    1 point
  16. Very easy: Just get 1.125 litre soda bottle, cut off the top 1/4 with scissors. Turn this piece over and push it down into the bottom of the bottle. Now staple or tape the edges where they meet. Fill the bottle 1/3 up with a tablespoon of jam mixed with hot water till it dissolves. Place trap near where hives are getting robbed. You'll need to empty every few days depending on how many wasps are caught. Might pay to make a few of these if robbing is really bad.
    1 point
  17. 122 mm here on Saturday between dawn and dusk. I'm pretty sure this is a record daily total for here. Flash floods which went by the next morning
    1 point
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