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  1. I prefer to poison wasps whenever possible but I also use top feeders as wasp traps quite successfully. When you have finished feeding the hives just leave the safety cover off and for some reason the wasp tend to go up through the hive and into the feeder where they don't seem to have the brains to get out again.I took a photo today where the feeder was about a third full which is thousands of wasps. I would post a photo except as you all know I am technically deficient.
    4 points
  2. After a 2+ decade process perfecting a system of getting your fall produced packages to Canada this time of year, the rug was pulled out from underneath the Canadian and New Zealand beekeepers...no packages from New Zealand to Canada in 2020. In recent years, we were perfecting our beekeeping operation in the beehouses...using those great bees and fall mated queens from New Zealand. But we are no stranger to apocalyptic events that seem to infect the industry here from time to time...just have to make due. Video below illustrates your Kiwi genetics in action last fall a
    1 point
  3. @Stainless Steel Drum I presume you’ve thought of making one out of an old (or even new) copper? Complete with built in element... copper soldering is not overly difficult and all the parts for the condenser are readily available. Just takes a bit of kiwi ingenuity ?
    1 point
  4. Only half of what it is now. Pasturizer, dryer and final filter. Vacume chamber was built by pros but rest was me and father in law and has had a few changes over the years.
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  5. I can buy insect dust from a hardware store (kiwicare no more wasps puffer pack and/or a 2kg bucket from flybusters) I can use it on my own property without any training or license; perfectly legal. However, if I use the same powder to treat a wasp nest on someone else's property I need to be trained and licensed handler as a pest exterminator, as Alastair described he was; even if I do it for free I need paperwork. I can guarantee that if I used frontline in a wasp bait on somebody else's property or if I sold some at my cost, the same would also be true and as an example, the Mercanto proces
    1 point
  6. I completely get that, and having done the training you would have gone through the finer points, but as a member of the public I AM searching and can't find it. I've read the box, the instructions, the safety data sheets and the distributors website. If its that illegal, it needs to be stated somewhere. For use only on dogs, carries the implication of dont use it on cats or horses, given the context of the rest of the information on the packaging.
    1 point
  7. There is a huge amount of people who follow this forum, but are not game to put their head above the parapet; reading but not commenting. My customers are among this large group, and their non comment is unfortunate, because they have so much knowledge accrued over the years. What some of them don't know about bees, beekeeping and the industry could be written on a matchbox.
    1 point
  8. Uh Huh Stoney ..... that's how long ago it was when we sold any significant amount of honey . It's been a long time since drinks so to speak. Four bucks is still a bargain basement price for a quality product, but if it means having some cash in the bank and being able to walk into the local Bottle store and not break into a sweat that the card is gonna decline , again .... so be it. Beggars can't be choosers.
    1 point
  9. Another man needs commending on his hard work .... we just fill the drums!!
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  10. Items of note this morning. I see Ecrotek are offering 2 million one dollar shares. We have a tentative order for a container of Export quality Honey Dew. And lastly, on this day in 1879 the British were at last able to buy milk in glass bottles.
    1 point
  11. So far Beemaid Coop in Alberta is sticking to their story that they couldn't supply...just checked again with them yesterday...think they supply about 8000 packages to this area. Beemaid says that it is an issue of air freight charges...in the past there was always return flights from Canada to NZ after the bees had been landed in Vancouver. Now a bee charter flight would require a two-way fee...making the packages unaffordable.
    0 points
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