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I have just completed a two day introduction to beekeeping course at UWA (University of Western Australia). I will be setting up a few beehives in Canada sometime. There was a lot in the course that would not apply to Canada, but the basics are transferrable. There were a few things I was not expecting:

1. Petrol (gas in North America) kills bees instantly, better than any insecticide.
2. The lecturer recommended 8 frame WSP hives. Are these used in Canada?

He showed a short film about urban beekeeping in Hong Kong; it was actually a Nokia TV advert. Are any of you familiar with it?
 

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At one time petrol "gas" was used to kill yellow jackets nesting in the ground. It is now illegal to do so.

In the US, I recommend 8 or 10 frame Langstroth hives for the beginner.

Not familiar with the film.
 

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I'm not familiar with the "WSP" hives you mentioned, can you tell us a little about them?

I'm wondering if it is another name for something called something different in different parts of the world.
 

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I believe that they are very similar to a standard Langstroth but about 3/4 of the depth. Australian beekeeper suppliers seem to sell both types.
 

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a snip..
1. Petrol (gas in North America) kills bees instantly, better than any insecticide.

tecumseh:
liquid ivory dish washing soap and water will accomplish the same thing. works on wasp and yellow jackets also. not an instant killer but given just a bit of time works just fine.

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3/4 of the depth.

tecumseh:
perhaps 7 & 5/8 inch depth boxes. in most of the US this would be a very odd sized box. I don't know if they are extensively used in Canada??? some of the wood manufacturing folks still list these so I guess someone still uses them.

ps... a quite beautifully done video (link). thanks for that.
 
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