October 2016

NWA Beekeepers Meeting Minutes for October 10, 2016

Brad Keck opened the meeting

Thanks to Deborah Elim (sp?) for bringing the food.

Thanks to David Cheek for representing the club at the Master Gardener’s show today.

Thanks to Linda Lyle who has been apprenticeship coordinator. Going forward Earl Rowe will replace Linda as the new apprenticeship coordinator.

The weekend of October 22nd & 23rd will be the Arkansas Beekeepers Association annual meeting in Mt View.

61 members in attendance

Old business:


New Business:

January 1st, 2017 is the dead line for next year’s apprentice program.

2016 Apprentice Speakers.

Alex Solis - Talked about moving a swarm from a nuc into a new hive. He prepared a very nice power point on his experience.

Nathan Enos. Graduated from Harbor High and now attending NWAC. Keeping bees has been a good experience for him. Thank you bee club for your help.

Logan Salinos. Mark Eton was his mentor. Thank also to Brad for all his help. I have not treated my Bees. He does not like honey but raises bees to aid in pollinating his family’s fruit trees. He has not fed his bees much nor does he have many hive beetles.

Olivia Ciallouet is an undergraduate at the University of Arkansas. She did internships in California and Porto Rico. She worked on Peter Eichorn’s farm in California. Peter believes bees are over valued. Local pollinators should be valued over non-native pollinators. She learned about checker boarding frames in a hive. She went with Peter to remove a swarm located between two houses up in a tree. She learned that before go to collect swarm ask questions: Where, when, how to access the swarm? On the way home you should provide ventilation when transporting bees to their final destination.

Peter made a swarm catcher stack of boxes. These were made up of a bottom board at ground zero, brood box 1st, honey super 2nd, top mesh feeder with holes in it 3rd, a screen board 4th and and empty “catcher” 5th box on top. This arrangement worked naturally like bees building hives in a hollow tree.

She learned not to open up hives too often, let bees manage their own lives as much as possible.

Spring time: Preparing for receiving packages. Install packages at night because they will be more docile.

Slamming a hive. To install bees that are minus their queen, e.g a queen-less NUC on top of an existing hive and then separating it with a newspaper sprayed with sugar water. Then add the NUC on top. The bees will eat their way through the newspaper.

California: Over wintering bees in California is a challenge. The lack of rainfall caused the loss 15 out of 20 nucs last year.

Porto Rice Internship time: She dealt with Africanized bees. The locals believe they are misunderstood, productive and hardworking.

In Porto Rico locals can be paid for swarm removal.

The local bee keeper does not put any wax in frames. He lets bees draw out their own wax.

High amounts of rain produced mold and kept bees in hive more than they would be in dryer climates.

In one instance they removed queen in order to improve the health of hive by replacing the unproductive queen.

Later Olivia made wax by putting wax in pot over low temperature.

She aided in a wild colony removal from a hollow tree. The team of four cut a huge tree down with chain saw. They then cut it into smaller sections to isolate hive. Once they reached this point, they cut a hole of the box so as to be a tree not to damage queen. After they had placed the bees in the hive box they then prop up the hive box back up in the air next to the tree to mimic the original location of hive. Bees began coming into that box.

Things learned in Porto Rico:

No over winter season.

Mold is always problem.

Ask 5 bee keeper a question you will get 5 answers.

Both internship locations are part of “Wolfing” Program.

Winfridus Bakker.

Bio Security in Bees

Diseases can have a big impact on your bee yard so you need to be careful about how you work your bees.

What are some of the reasons for transmission of diseases and pest agents?

Man is the major problem in transporting disease.

You should begin by washing your equipment and clothes.

Poultry industry now washes everything.

A short history:

In the Bible soldiers were required to flame equipment and wash clothes..etc. on a regular basis.

Medical doctors often spread diseases in hospitals by not washing their hands.

Reasons people give for non-compliance:

Threatens one’s freedom. The thinking behind compliance / noncompliance is not fully understood.

Bee diseases and pests e.g. viruses, bacteria, fungus, mites: These are mostly transferred via food and water sources.

The bottom line? Control viral diseases by controlling mites.

Other parasite bee mites

SE Asia parasitic bee mites. The smaller mites completes life cycle in one week.

Conclusion? Again…

Control viral diseases by controlling mites.

Clean your equipment regularly.

Know your local bee keepers. Do they practice clean beekeeping habits?

Use entrance reducers to give your colonies a fighting chance.

Consider unknown bees swarms potential sources of diseases.

You should keep you hives in good ventilated, sunny spots. Sun in morning and shade in the afternoon.

Have sufficient food sources near by.

Flame your tools.

Keep a plastic on ground under hive to protect against ants…etc.

Use plastic coke bottles with banana peels, sugar, vinegar and water to trap wax moths and other pests. Hang bottles in bushes and or trees with two 3/4” holes in the sides.

To create a good water source place bird feeder under a tree and put sticks in feeder to keep birds out.

Many of the notes in the talk were from a book called: Rats, Lice and history.

Next month’s meeting is pot luck meal and will begin at 6:00. Be sure to arrive at 6:00 and not the normal 7:00.