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Thu 4-Oct-18
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Aly
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Searched the site and could not find this (other than save our bees).

I am now in my third year of being a bee keeper. I started with one hive then bought a second the following year to catch my first swarm. This we managed. The second year we harvested a small amount of honey as it was a bad year countrywide. Early this year we bought a third hive and put a swarm into it. For some reason the colony in this hive was never strong. Recently the Asian hornets arrived and invaded the weak hive. I had no doubt they would have killed the bees. I have managed to protect the other two hives killing any hornets that came near and have successfully used a hornet trap.

From my two strong hives I have had 45 jars of honey this year!

I cannot find the hornet nest but hope it will be revealed when the leaves come off the trees. The colder nights have lessened their appearance.

nearly time to buy the fondant to feed my bees over winter. I will also strip out the dead hive ready for next years swarm!

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Thu 4-Oct-18
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Wouldn't it be wonderful Aly, to get rid of these hornets for good! We need our bees. It's the queen in the nest that needs to be destroyed. I understand that we got off lightly as the nest in our tree was only the size of a football, but they can get quite large. I do hope you can locate the nest and get rid of it. brightsparklystuff

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Thu 4-Oct-18
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Marcel, the French farmer is on a mission. He is contacting someone in Paris whom he said will help. No doubt money will be involved but we really need to find and destroy the nest to stop the queens starting again next year!

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Thu 4-Oct-18
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We must be very lucky, as our friend and neighbour is registered to deal with these nests, and just popped across the road to us and dealt with the nest - it did cost us 75 euros (mate's rate, I reckon!wink), but very little effort on our part*, although we obviously have to pay for the chemical involved, and he said that he had been stung about three times. (*Just a quick whisky afterwards).

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Tue 20-Nov-18
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Now have a good idea where the hornets nest is. Not on our land. As the leaves fall off the trees it should become easier to find. I have a special spray can ready to use once I find the nest. Still no one from the mairie has turned up!

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Fri 23-Nov-18
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Had a short spell of sunny and warm weather and the bees were busy. Suited up and headed out to put the fondant on the hives.

First hive on lifting the lid found a dead Asian hornet on the crown board. Not sure how it got there so just fished it out. Fondant on and hive closed for winter. Mouse guard is in place.

Second hive, had to use the tool to get the lid off...for some reason I had put the queen excluder on top of the crown board and the bees had constructed honey comb on top. I had to push it to one side to get the fondant on. I thought about taking the honey comb but decided they need it more than me. Mouse guard in place and ready for winter.

I was buzzed by one persistent bee who stayed on my suit almost to the door! They do not like to be too far from home.

Pleased to say no hornets seen during this process. It was reassuring to see so many bees in both hives.

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