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Shop Towel Oxalic Acid Treatment

You may have heard about a new delivery method for Oxalic Acid using a shop towel.  You can read about it in this report from Randy Oliver of ScientificBeekeeping.com. [ Read report here ]  Or watch the video that walks you through the process of making the Oxalic Acid towel treatment
[ Watch here ]

This new method for Oxalic Acid delivery is showing great results but before you hop on the bandwagon, please read this warning from NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss regarding using this treatment.

Everyone please remember that oxalic acid and glycerin on shop towels is not an approved (legal) method to control Varroa mites in your bee colonies. As far as I know, the formulations you can find here and there online are tested by individuals, often on very few hives – sometimes as few as 1 or 2 during one season. Efforts like this in the past have often resulted in poor/no mite control or dead colonies from overdosing. As we all know, a lot of the stuff you see online is often advanced by people who have little experimental experience and often poor experimental design. Following those formulations makes your bees part of those weak experiments.  My suggestion is to wait for controlled studies run by recognizable research folks so you’re sure you can get good mite control and not brood, queen, or colony damage.

Directions to Tim Holt Bee Yard – March 25, 2017 – 8:30 am

Please read this entire message. There is a message from Tim at the end. 

These directions are only for the people who have confirmed their purchase through Davie Simpson. No new orders are being taken and if you haven’t confirmed your purchase with Davie, you will not be able to buy bees on Saturday.

Date and Time: Saturday, March 25th at 8:30 am (updated time)
Location: 3245 Smithtown Road, East Bend, NC 27018 (directions below)

If you’ve already ordered a nuc from Tim Holt through Davie Simpson, you will need to bring a nuc box or hive box that is already ready for filling and transporting.  That means that screens must be closed so as you put bees in the box, they won’t be streaming back out.  Apparently this is an issue every year.

  1. Bring your hive box or nuc box—have space for 5 frames of bees and honey/pollen. ** If you have an 8 or 10 frame box, bring empty frames to complete the space, you will get 5 frames of  bees. ***make sure you have a screen or cover so bees can travel but not escape.
  2. Cost is $115.00, cash only—have exact change.
  3. Someone will go into the hive, you inspect and accept that queen and bees, they will put the 5 frames of bees into your box, you take them home.
  4. Dress appropriately.  There will be A LOT of bees in the air.

Here are the directions to the bee yard from Tim:

I HAVE CHOSEN A PLACE THAT IS FAIRLY EASY TO GET TO AS LONG AS IT IS NOT REAL WET. THE ADRESS IS 3245 SMITHTOWN ROAD, EAST BEND, NC 27018. YOU CAN DRIVE THROUGH THE ROAD TO ANOTHER ROAD WHICH IS HWY 67 YOU CAN MAKE A CIRCLE AROUND THIS ROAD AND NO ONE WILL BE BLOCKED IN, THE DIRECTIONS IS GO TO THE END OF SILOAM ROAD, TURN LEFT GO A QUARTER OF A MILE THE BEE YARD IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD JUST A REMINDER THE SPLITS WILL CONSIST OR 3 FRAMES OF BROOD, AND 2 FRAMES OF HONEY AND POLLEN .ALL FRAMES WILL HAVE BEES ON THEM. WE SHOULD ALL WORK TOGETHER AND NOT ALL OVER THE BEE YARD. IT IS A BIG YARD OF BEES AND DON’T WANT TO SKIP ANY HIVES. AND PLEASE BRING CASH PLEASE. 115 DOLLARS EACH. PLEASE HAVE YOUR HIVES SCREENED UP WHEN YOU ARRIVE SO THERE IS NO ROBBING AMONGST THE BEES, AND HAVE 5 FRAMES OUT OF YOUR HIVES SO WE CAN PUT 5 FRAMES IN YOUR HIVE. THANKS TIM HOLT

Moving Your Bees Into Spring – March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join SCBA to learn everything you need to know about how you can help move your bees into spring. Davie Simpson will be leading the discussions.

Christmas Party – December 3, 2016

merry-christmasJoin us for the annual Christmas Party at 5:00 pm on December 3rd.

We will be meeting at Libby Hill Seafood Restaurant, 199 Mayberry Mall, Mount Airy [ map ].

Attendees pay for their own meals. As always, there will be a lot of door prizes. You must be an active member to get a ticket for the door prize give-aways.

Winter Feeding – November 14, 2016

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

November 14, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

SCBA program manager and NCSBA Mountain Regional Director, Eugene Brown will be discussing and demonstrating making fondant, dry feed, grease patties and pollen patties for your bees. We’ll also be discussing when you can start using sugar syrup and when to use 2:1 syrup versus 1:1 syrup.

Join us for this hands-on workshop and make a Christmas present for your bees!

The Oxalic Acid Vaporization Method – September 12, 2016

Ox-man-2WSeptember 12, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Dave Simpson will join us to explain everything you need to know about using the vaporization method with oxalic acid.  You’ll learn about what equipment you need, why you need to wear protective clothing, and why the number of times you need to treat are affected by what’s happening in the hive.

For folks who are not interested in purchasing the equipment necessary for vaporization but would like to try using oxalic acid in their hives, the drench (or dribble) method is also available.  Instructions are available under the “Resources” tab or by click this link:

 

Honey Extractor Loan Program

Blue Ridge Bee Supply donates 4 frame extractor to SCBA

Blue Ridge Bee Supply donates 4 frame extractor to SCBA

In July, Blue Ridge Bee Supply generously donated a 4 frame extractor to the Surry County Beekeepers. Members of SCBA may now borrow the extractor and a hot knife to uncap and extract their honey. Member Bill McArthur has volunteered to store the equipment and manage the check out process.

To borrow the extractor (or to get on the waiting list), contact Bill at (336) 590-2961. Bill lives at 178 Hickory Hill Drive in Mount Airy. Once you and Bill have an agreed upon pickup date and time, you will need to go pick up the equipment and also return the clean/dry, undamaged equipment to Bill.

To clean the extractor:

Water is a sufficient cleaning agency. Wash the extractor and let it drain and dry.

  • if you are close to your bee yard, let the bees help just like you would have them clean up the freshly extracted frames. Leave the extractor open for a few hours on a sunny day and once the bees are done, use a garden hose to wash away residual honey and wax.
  • if you aren’t close to your bee yard, just use the garden hose to wash away residual honey and wax.

To clean the hot knife:

  • make a pad using clean, dry paper towels. Once you are done uncapping, wipe the hot knife (still plugged in) on paper towel pad to clean wax and honey from the knife. Do not use water to clean the knife or let it get on the knife. Let the clean knife cool, then use a damp cloth or paper towel to clean the honey from the cord.

Please be mindful of other beekeepers waiting to use the extractor and return as soon as possible.

Thank you to both Blue Ridge Bee Supply and Bill McArthur for making this benefit available to our beekeepers.

Blue Ridge Bee Supply Donates Extractor

FBAward

FBplaqueAt the SCBA meeting on July 11th, Blue Ridge Bee Supply presented the chapter with a four-frame extractor. The extractor will be available to members of the chapter for use extracting their honey. A hot knife will also be purchased by the chapter to be used by anyone wishing to use it.

Blue Ridge Bee Supply continues to support the Surry Beekeepers and beekeepers throughout the area by sponsoring special events, holding monthly workshops (many of them hands-on) and now providing members of SCBA with the means for extracting honey.

Please show your appreciation by visiting the folks at Blue Ridge Bee Supply.

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“Raising Queens” with Tim Service – May 9, 2016

Queen+beeMay 9, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Tim Service will be joining us to discuss his experience in raising queen bees. Tim is from Meadows of Dan, Virginia and raises New World Carniolans, Carniolans, and Pol-line Italian Queens.