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Trevor Gillbanks last won the day on September 12

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About Trevor Gillbanks

  • Rank
    Field Bee


  • Swarm Collection Area
    Manawatu, Palmerston North, Fielding, Ashhurst, Linton
  • Business name
    Trev's Bees
  • DECA Holder
  • Beekeeping Experience
    Hobby Beekeeper
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    022 105 2316
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  • Location
    Palmerston North

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  1. Trevor Gillbanks

    Are you a member of APINZ?

    Welcome along @Graham Wood Please enjoy the forum. I find you opening remark interesting. First you say so many negative with no substantiation. Then you say they do a lot of good work without substantiation without so much as 1 example. Sorry but you can't have it both ways.
  2. Trevor Gillbanks

    NZBF moving hives

    Yes. That is what I expect. The field bees will not reorientate when it is virtually the same place. It will take about 3 weeks before they are all gone.
  3. Trevor Gillbanks

    New Zealand swarm dates for season 2018/19

    The bees are not worth that much effort @Stoney
  4. Trevor Gillbanks

    New Zealand swarm dates for season 2018/19

    17-10-17 30-9-16 10-10-15 So about 2 to 5 weeks early.
  5. Trevor Gillbanks

    Asure Quality & AFBNPMP

    I agree 100%. But I thought I would put a more balanced approach to your argument. I agree, they can do a heck of a lot better.
  6. I got called out to the first 2 swarms of the season today. Unfortunately they are both for extermination as they have gone behind an Oamaru Stone wall and vertical cedar wall paneling. I guess it is time to get the swarm gear out.
  7. Trevor Gillbanks

    Asure Quality & AFBNPMP

    @Ali I think you are being a bit tough on ApiiNZ. They only have access to their own voluntary data base. They are not allowed access to the mandated membership of AFBPMP database. I know they could have harvested all the personal details off the MPI web site (public information) which I know a lot of others have done so.
  8. Trevor Gillbanks

    Document Frame wiring air tool

    I certainly get my wires very tight. You have looked at my videos. Over to you. Every beek has there favourite way of doing things. Work out what is best for you.
  9. Trevor Gillbanks

    Question Crystallised honey??!

    What you use for home does not matter. Small batches can be done with a wooden spatula or similar. If you are selling, bartering or just giving the honey away, then I suggest that you need to have a Stainless Steel beater. However, saying all that. I think a brand new paint stirrer will be fine and not cause any problems.
  10. Trevor Gillbanks

    September 2018 Apiary Diary

    I would like to see what your wrists are like after doing a few hundred staples in 1 go. RSI The idea looks good.
  11. Trevor Gillbanks

    Question Crystallised honey??!

    Try this. Without melting all the crystals it will stay the same.
  12. Trevor Gillbanks

    Oxalic and glycerine

    They are still effective until the bees have removed them completely. I do pick up the scraps off the baseboard but that is not required also as the bees will walk over it and still be getting an effective does. Yes you can move the strips out or just replace the ones that have been heavily chewed. You can test the strips for chemical by touching the strip to your tongue. Any acid on it and it is still good.
  13. Trevor Gillbanks

    Wax candles coming on nicely

    You are not going soft and mushy in your old life are you James.
  14. Trevor Gillbanks

    Document Frame wiring air tool

    I use a Delfast 10/97 stapler. https://delfast.com/nail-products/tools/staplers/97-series-stapler/ These are not cheap but are repairable if they break down. Mine has done many 1000's of frames without fault.
  15. Trevor Gillbanks

    Oxalic and glycerine

    Sorry. I didn't see it. Yes I understand about the surplus OA.