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  1. All communication about this should be in writing. Giving a time frame for removal should also stipulate that failure to do so within that time frame given, will be deemed 'Abandonment' and you then have the right to remove them yourself as you see fit. And , state that you will remove them as you see fit if the time frame is not met.
  2. mischief

    April 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    I dont understand why robber screens arent used more often. Okay, it might be expensive initially, but its a one time expense. My area has a high wasp population so a robber screen was put on from day one and the hive does not suffer from these .....and I dont have to constantly buy poisons to deal with them.
  3. mischief

    What are bees foraging on 2017/18 season

    My 7 finger tree has just started flowering and smothered in bees. Koromiko still going strong, so too my geriatric prostrate rosemary. all loaded with bees.
  4. mischief

    TBH food supplies dilema

    You can move it in one go but you have to do something like stuff grass in the entrance, or put something leafy across the entrance so that the bees HAVE to re-orientate or they will try to find the hive at the old spot.
  5. mischief

    Preparing and Preserving Spring Feed

    I used 1 part in 3 of cider vinegar/water. I still have an unused jar of syrup and it has not fermented at all - left over from last autumn. The ratio of sugar to liquid that I use was 5:3.
  6. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Yet they are not interested in the bait and are preferring to rob a hive which is far more work than taking bait. No year is ever the same as others. In spring, they Will take it.
  7. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Its the wrong time of the year for Vespex. Robber screens would be a good idea and bait the wasps in spring
  8. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Thats why I have made robber screens mandatory, no wasps in my hive. I even have Monarchs, the problem is keeping their swan plants alive long enough to be of use. I have been trying to make sure there is plenty of food for everyone, prey and predator. So far so good.
  9. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    I never had a pond before. There is a stream a little over 100 metres away. I used to see them all the time. I am in the process of changing out the plants in my yard to natives if they are not fruit, herb,vegetable or beneficial insect plants. Its hard to know just what to add or take away, so its a slow process.
  10. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    I'm more worried about our native bees than Monarchs. I havent seen them or dragonflies in my back yard for a couple of years now. Maybe you could encourage aphids and ants.
  11. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Both
  12. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Think diversity. Dont kill it if you dont have to, but check it out first and do a risk management assessment and strategy. It saves money and stress.
  13. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    I dont have to. The major wasp population is paper wasp. Robber screens deal with the problem I have with them. I will be poisoning the German wasp nest that is in the rock wall as well as the second one I just discovered under my Plum tree. These are more dangerous due to the way their nest grow than the paper wasp. So far, the paper wasps do fill a useful role whereas with the German wasps, the danger of them getting too big an spreading is greater than their usefulness.
  14. mischief

    March 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    As part of my risk management strategy, I opted for robber screens as a permanent fixture due to the sheer numbers of wasps in our area. So far this has proved to be very worthwhile. The other part of this RMS is to leave things like aphids alone rather than use insecticide. That way the wasps have plenty to eat with a lot less work than go on to attack my hive. So far it seems to be working
  15. mischief

    Treatment free hives 2 years.

    I never said I was treatment free as much as I would like be on that path at some point. Good things do take time and there are alot of variables to sort through and keep on top of. Nowhere have I read that there is a one shot fix. Quite the opposite. Everything is local, we dont have the feral population those overseas tell us we need, so yes, we may very well be bashing our heads against the proverbial brick wall, but if you never try, it will never be done, even if it could be. I'm not a commercial so my income is not dependent on honey. Having said that, I actually got to harvest honey this year when some more experienced beeks have not been able to. So me the girls are getting somethings right. We just need to keep it going. I see no harm in giving ourselves a small pat on the back when we feel we are getting that one step closer. Roll your eyes all you want but if we can get them so they are not at the constant mercy of the Varroa, how can that be a bad thing? I dont understand knocking those who want to see healthy bees. Sorry if I annoy you on this, but Having to be medicated in order to stay alive is not a healthy state and I feel that there should be a better way if only I can find it stably.
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