Monthly Archives: April 2017

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

NCSBA Silent Auction Items Needed – July 13, 2017

A note from Helen Baldwin with the Ashe County Beekeepers. If you are interested in helping, let Eugene or Paul know.

A quick howdy to relay a request from NCSBA regarding the centennial:

The Forsyth County Beekeepers Association is hosting the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) 2017 Summer Conference in Winston-Salem on July 13 – 15. It is also the 100th Anniversary of the NCSBA, so we are trying to make it special. I am gathering items for the Silent Auction and wanted to invite the other chapters to participate by donating an item. All proceeds go to the Apiculture Science Fund at NCSU. Fundraising efforts for the Apiculture Science Fund operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax id 56-6049304. Proceeds from this auction support beekeeping education, research, and outreach at NC State University.

Another way to support the Apiculture Science Fund is to donate directly to it. If you choose this option, please let me know how much so we can keep track of it. Individuals can also contribute.

Dr. Tarpy and his colleagues are doing a wonderful job at NCSU, and the Entomology Dept at NCSU has recently been ranked #5 worldwide! Please show your beekeeping support with either an item for the silent Auction or a direct donation.

Swarm Prevention – April 10, 2017

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

State Apiary Inspector,  Greg Fariss will be back to discuss swarm prevention and control. There are multiple ways to prevent swarms and Greg will cover some of the most popular and share what he’s found to be most successful.

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.