Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ordering equipment lesson

After waiting and waiting for my items from Dadant I called Friday to be told that it hasn't shipped and would be ship out Monday.

Apparently when you order on line from them they ship out of their IL branch instead of routing orders to the branch closest to the person ordering. This is bad for two reason first shipping cost is more than if I had ordered from the FL branch and second because of the flood in the Midwest the IL branch is way behind. Bad planning.

The lesson in this is to not just place a on line order with a company, but to pick the branch closest to me and call them so it is shipped out of THAT branch.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Country rubes screened bottom board and a beetle trap

I'm so excited! I ordered a country rubes bottom board today.

This is a small hive beetle trap that sits in between two top bars. You fill it with veg oil and the beetles drown. I ordered one as well. I have only spotted one beetle this year, but I thought it would be fun to try out.

Is there a bottom board made to do it all- shb, mites and ventilation?

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Things living under my screended bottom board

Yesterday when I pulled out the sticky board I found the usual wax cappings, pollen, bee parts, one small hive beetle and on the bottom of the board several wax moth larvae.

I think I need to redo how my hive it set up, it doesn't seem to be working if all the debris is hanging out inviting critters and pests.
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