Category Archives: Beekeeping Information

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 [ 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.

Summer Picnic – August 5, 2017

Date:  Saturday, August 5th
Time:  1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, picnic from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017
[ map ]

Join us at the Fireplace Pavilion at Fisher River Park in Dobson for our annual picnic. We have the Fireplace Pavilion booked from 1 pm to 8 pm if anyone wants to come enjoy the park early. The picnic is 5 pm to 8 pm. The club buys the meat, you’ll need to bring a dish to pass and a 2 liter bottle of something to drink.

We’ve booked the pavilion for the day instead of a few hours so we’ll have more time to visit.

Please RSVP to Eugene at: (336) 648-7659 so we know how much meat to buy. Also, Eugene can recommend a dish to pass based on what others have committed to bring.

What to Expect at the NCSBA Summer Conference – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The state conference is later this week in Winston-Salem and there’s lots of reasons to attend. Come find out what you can expect.

Read more about the conference: [ NCSBA Summer Conference ]

NCSBA Summer Conference and Centennial Celebration – July 13-15, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years – Educating for the Next 100! July 13th, 14th & 15th
Embassy Suites Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Featured Speakers:

Jon Zawislak
Jon is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas with a strong background in entomology and botany. Extension and beekeeping education are some of his major interests.

Dr. James Wilson
Dr. Wilson is the new faculty apiculturist at Virginia Tech. With an undergraduate degree from NCSU and a PhD from VT, Dr. Wilson has plenty of beekeeping information to share.

Katy C. Evans
Katy was the 2015 recipient of the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Award. This award made possible the research with Dr. Debbie Delaney at the U of Delaware that led to her Master’s Thesis. Katy now works with one of Dr. Tarpy’s former postdocs, Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe at Penn State University.

Dr. David Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NCSU.

Schedule and Registration Information:

Thursday, July 13, 2017, “Before the Conference Begins”

Master Beekeeper Related Events
10 am We will  present a refresher for “Journeyman and Beyond” 2 hours of preparing to test for Journeyman and Masters exams

Written test for the Certified, Journeyman, and Masters will be given on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 2PM and again Saturday from 9am till noon.  NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 10AM.  Bring your own pencil.  NO BOOKS, PHONES OR PAPERS ALLOWED IN THE TESTING AREA.

Please preregister for the testing time you would like and indicate your NCSBA member number and test level to

Not taking the exam but have questions?

Also at 10 am on Thursday, “What you always wanted to know”, Questions & Answer, all about Beekeeping, Ask the “EXPERTS” Moderators will be Master Beekeepers, Diana Almond and Randall Austin along with State Inspector and Master Beekeeper Lewis Cauble and State Inspector and EAS Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss.

Ag and Biotech STEM Camp – June 26, 2017

The Ag and Biotech STEM Camp that Extension and Surry County Schools have been working on will be ready to go the week of June 26. The Surry County Beekeepers have been invited to come talk to the group of middle school students (ages 12, 13, 14) about beekeeping on Monday, June 26 from 10:30 – 11:30 am at Gentry Middle School in Mount Airy.

If you are interested in helping with the presentation, please contact President, Eugene Brown at either (276) 251-1402 or by email at

The Biology of the Varroa Mite – June 12, 2017

Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss

June 12, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

State Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss will be back to talk about the biology of the varroa mite (Varroa destructor). The varroa mite is currently the biggest threat to our honey bees and in order to effectively manage them in the bee yard, we need to understand about their biology and the life cycle of the female varroa in particular. Please join us for this excellent presentation.

Honeybee Veterinary Consortium

Did you know that feeding honeybees certain antimicrobials is covered under the Veterinary Feed Directive rule? For example, to feed oxytetracycline medicated feed (to control American and European Foulbrood), a bee keeper must obtain a Veterinary Feed Directive order from a licensed veterinarian.

You may be asking, where do I find a veterinarian able to diagnose my hive? One answer is the Honeybee Veterinary Consortium. The Honeybee Veterinary Consortium was created with the goal of linking bee keepers with veterinarians that have an interest in honeybee medicine. Their website, while still under construction, serves as a great resource for the North Carolina bee community in building veterinary-client-patient relationships. They also have a facebook page!

As always please feel free to submit questions or concerns to the listserv by emailing and someone will get answers back to you as soon as possible.

This information has been provided by:
Jessica E Gore
FSMA Programs Coordinator
Food & Drug Protection Division
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
(919) 270-1635

Thermal Solutions for Controlling Mites – May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Lynn Williams, President of Bee Hive Thermal Industries will be our speaker for May.  He will be discussing the uses of thermal solutions to control Varroa Mite populations in bee hives.  You can learn more about thermotherapy and the “Mighty Mite Killer” product at the Bee Hive Thermal Industries website at:

Lynn has also provided a couple of documents that you may find interesting.

Bee Hive Thermal Industries Brochure

Mite Elimination Thermotherapy 2015 Report

Bee Yard Day – April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Albert Cockerham’s bee yard, 504 Arlington Street,
Mount Airy, NC 27030 [ map ]
Bring protective clothing and your smoker if you want help learning to light it and keep it going.

This is a chance for new beekeepers to get your hands in a hive, to ask experienced beekeepers questions about what you are seeing (or not seeing) and to gain some confidence working with bees. Mentors who will come to you are in short supply so please take advantage of this opportunity to get hands on help with the bees. This is also a great chance to get to know other beekeepers and for them to get to know you so when you have questions, you’ll have people you can call.

SCBA T-Shirts and Golf Shirts

Show your support of the Surry County Beekeepers by buying and wearing one of the new shirts available.

The T-shirt is in a wheat color and costs just $15. The Golf shirt is green and costs $18. Both include the new logo for the chapter.

If you are interested in buying a shirt (or 3),

Davie Simpson
Mobile 336/320-8363
Home 336/374-6152