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  1. The joy of the free market! Many years ago now, my Father opened a video shop in small town New Zealand which he derived a modest profit from. He took great pleasure in his business and would clean the heads of customers video’s free of charge, and would also deliver and pickup videos from the elderly and disabled at no cost. Eventually someone decided that the video business must be quite lucrative and opened a second business in the very same town. A price war soon ensued as the town was only big enough to support one video business. To cut a long story short, the competitor to my Dad
  2. A virgin maybe able to walk through a swarm of bees' but I draw the line there!
  3. Reward the poacher by allowing his bees to help themselves to 20 liters of sugar syrup laced liberally with the food coloring of your choice. Leave the syrup on your land, you can't help it if his/her bees share their habits and don't recognize boundaries. They may reconsider their lack of ethics come extraction time.
  4. http://www.crownbees.com/questions/pests-questions/pollen-mites/
  5. Beekeepers never get arthritis (I wish)!
  6. Was just wishful thinking on my part as well - but we can live in hope.
  7. Neoseiulus (=Amblyseius) fallacis (Garman) Description Neoseiulus (=Amblyseius) fallacis is a commonly found mite predator in Ontario, particularly in July and August (Figure 4-210). Adult A. fallacis have a broad abdomen (pear or tear-shaped), are 0.30-0.35 mm in length (slightly smaller than European red mites) and are very fast moving. They can be clear (pale yellow or translucent) or acquire the colour of prey items they eat (European red mites, two spotted spider mites), such as a mottled brownish-red. Eggs are almost transparent, oval or pear shaped and slightly larger than
  8. The internet, cutting edge technological advances in beekeeping, industrialised agriculture and ad nauseum. What have they delivered ? CCD, Varroa, queens that last one season rather then five, antibiotics in hives and so on. Perhaps it is time we listened to the advice of those that have been in the industry for decades rather then people like myself who have only been around for one or two. Am really keen to hear the thoughts and advice from those of you who have been in the industry long enough to have learnt something (20 years plus). Starting with the very basics would be nice (I'm liste
  9. Can't help but agree with you. I guess panic doesn't always lead to the wisest of decisions. Next time (hopefully there will never be one) I will follow your sage advice.
  10. Hi Janice, went for my second run today and absolutely chuffed to report that my ankle is fine. Who would of thought that bee stings could eliminate swelling, increase flexibility and mitigate pain.
  11. Just had the worst day with my bees ever. No doubt many of you have had similar or worse experiences, would love to hear about them and will get the ball rolling with mine. I went for a run tonight and on the way home decided to check on three of my hives that are concealed behind a hedge in an urban area. It is a very steep site, and my intention was to just watch the bees coming and going for a while before I made my way home. Well to cut a long and very painful story short, the recent rain had made the paddock extra slippery and as I maneuvered myself into position above the hives I s
  12. Can't say I disagree with you. The thing that most impressed me was the fact that the swelling has completely gone. If it is a matter of mind over matter then matter lost out this time.
  13. Should have been "Bee Venom" must learn to read and write one day.
  14. I am a skeptical soul at heart so if you find the following a little hard to digest I can't blame you. As well as being a keen beekeeper I also enjoy running. 18 weeks ago I broke my ankle while out running and spent the next six weeks in a cast. As soon as it was of I attempted to start running again but my ankle was to sore and swollen to do so. As of 4 days ago my ankle was still very puffy and my GP advised that that will probably always be the case and to get used to it. Well desperate times can lead to desperate measures so I thought I would try a bit of quackery as I had nothing to lose
  15. It sound like search and destroy is your only real option. Not sure if you have already tried this or if someone else has suggested it but using a compass to locate nests is highly effective. First thing in the morning or last thing at night stand by one of the hives that is being attacked and take a bearing of the wasps flight path (obviously there will be several as you have many nests). Note the bearing/s and then move to a hive that is a few meters away and take a bearing/s of flight path/s. Do the same again at another hive (as far away from the first 2 as possible. Where the flight paths
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