Monthly Archives: August 2016

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:


Blue Ridge Bee Supply Field Day – September 3, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 8.02.04 PMBlue Ridge Bee Supply is holding a bee yard day for their September Practical Beekeeping workshop on September 3rd and members of Surry County Beekeepers are invited to attend. This is a chance for newish beekeepers to get some hands on experience in the hives and to ask questions.

Location: Blue Ridge Bee Supply
270 Hickory Street, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030
Time: 10:00 am

Also, at 1:00 pm, Dave Simpson will be demonstrating the vaporization method for Oxalic Acid to help control varroa mites.

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.