April 2014

Northwest Arkansas Beekeeping Club

Agrilcultural Extension Office

University of Arkansas Campus

Club President: Tom Nichols

Club Vice President Mark Eaton

Treasurer: Nancy Kahanak

Secretary; Victor Mathis

The Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Extension Office on the University of Arkansas campus. Our purpose is simple and straightforward---to advance the keeping of Honey Bees throughout our area.

BEE FACTS:The number of honey bees it takes to equal the weight of one M&M's plain chocolate candy is 9-10. Bees have FOUR wings--two wings per-side. Bees can fly up to 10 meters per second or 22 miles per hour. Bees have the common senses of Taste, Touch, Smell, and Sight and Bees "feel" sounds. The oldest recorded history of bee keeping is from a cave painting 6000 years ago in Spain.

There were 86 people at the meeting tonight as were several new first time persons.

Tonights guest speaker is Neal Van Dalsem of the Tulse Club. His topic is How To Catch Swarming Bees.

Bees swarm in an atempt to expand their hive operation in a second location. Mr. Van Dalsem used as one as his references the work over 30 years of Dr. Seeley. Swarming is a natural event occurring in any hive. Dr. Seeley's work attempts to understanding the process of why bees swarm. The work he did identified that most Langstroth hives are too big. Mr. Van Dalsem strongly encouraged the use of entrance reducers to encourage bees and he said (mabye) it is ideal to put bees in shade instead of open sunlight. Bees live in trees where its shady (not full sun). He also suspects that we ...in useing screened bottom boards we are much more concerned about ventilation than we are.

To build a bee trap Mr. Van Dalsem advises the use of an 8-frame box. Internal deminisions should be 19 1/2 x 13x 8 which constitutes aproximately 40 liters in volume. The next step is to add frame rests. Then Drill a 1.5 x 2.0 inch hole near the bottom of the front board. Criss-cross the hole opening to keep out birds. attach a "hand board" to the back. Van Dalsem recommends useing screws instead of nails. The use of old frame foundiation works well or use starter strips at the top. Bait for the trap is lemon grass oil.

Lemon Grass oil is usefull for swarm control...ie getting the bees into the trap once it is discovered. If the box is straight and level the bees will build straight comb. Traps should be put IN SHADE. Bees dont like sunny spots. placement of the trap works well when placed on fence lines, tree lines, and old buildings. Once bees are detected in the trap...let them set up shop then move them after pollen is being brought in.

Perhaps the best reason to trap swarms is THEY ARE FREE!!!!

The club will meet again on the Second Monday of May the 12th.