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Good afternoon FLC friends,

I apologize for being MIA for the last couple of weeks. My dog passed away and Josh broke his leg playing softball! But Josh had surgery last week and is now on his way to recovery. Yahoo!

When pulling honey frames I've always had a friend to help me... One person holds the frame and the other uses a brush to remove the bees so doing it alone and all at once was daunting. So, I'm not into gimmicky tools and adhere to the rule that all beekeeping tools should have more than one use but my argument for the escape screen is that it does have more than one... benefit. The first benefit is you don't have to brush bees if you leave it on for a couple of days before coming back to take the supers (I found literally 10 bees in each super). The second benefit is that you can pull two honey supers in like 10 minutes! The third benefit is they have no idea you have taken their honey! Overall it was a very pleasant experience and approachable for a solo beekeeper.

I also wanted to share a resource that I was emailed today regarding the powdered sugar varroa mite check. I've never personally done it with powdered sugar but if you are interested in this method, the Bee Lab has a helpful brochure.

Lastly, the Pollinator Partnership's annual Mite-A-Thon is September 7 through September 21 and you can use either the sugar roll method or the alcohol wash to check how many mites are in your hive.

I hope your summer has been successful and full of honey! 
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Mark Nagel · Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club · Boise, ID 83705 · USA

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