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My strongest hive that produced a lot of honey this year (I didn’t take any because it was their first year and everyone I spoke to in the Carolinas told me not to take any honey from the bees, so I didn’t).

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My strongest hive that produced a lot of honey this year (I didn’t take any because it was their first year and everyone I spoke to in the Carolinas told me not to take any honey from the bees, so I didn’t).

The problem is, two of my hives (the beeweaver queen only has a brood and they never went to the top even though they had plenty of bees to go up top, I even put a really good wax (sorry, forgot the name) and they still wouldn’t go up.

So I decided I would just feed them when it got warm and 2 parts sugar to 1 part water on warmer days in hopes they would store it. When it got down to 27 F, I put blankets that are very similar to uhaul blankets (wool like) and put it on top so they would be warm and I have just decided to feed them and the carnis in my backyard because WHATEVER I did, they NEVER would go up either.

Anyway, onto the question. In the Carolinas we have palmetto bugs (aka the American cockroach) and they get attracted to the oddest things, like a bush in the middle of nowhere, anyway, I noticed before it got cold here, I took the flow hive 2+ roof off to feed and all kinds of different cockroaches or cockroach look alikes started to scatter.

So I used to date a girl who has her license to buy pesticides and she bought me a spray (for the ground, that has to be ingested) to kill palmetto bugs and a injector that you have to put in little dots to make them eat it, so I dotted up where the bees couldn’t get and it solved the problem without any bee deaths, it was risky I know, but ever since I did that, they disappeared (this was on a big back porch where the palmetto bugs love to get into the honey suckle bush) so that problem got solved.

But nothing has messed with the beeweavers, they are pretty aggressive, and the italians 10 feet away has a deep that weighs a ton, so I took their little blanket off to feed them and there were again a variety of roaches outside the hive (this was the first time) (note, none of the roaches have made it into the hive, as far as I know), they were against the blanket and langstroth. Is there anything to keep these disgusting things away? The hive is very strong, so I think they keep them out the hive

Thanks!

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