September 2016

Minutes for September 12, 2016

Brad Keck opened the meeting

71 members in attendance

Old business:

Brain Hauck will try to have coffee and condiments at meeting. If you need something that is not on the table tell Brian.

New Business:

Monday October 10th is Master Gardener Appreciation Day at Botanical Gardens on Hwy 265 north of Zion Rd.

Apprenticeship program: We need some young ladies in the program, now it is all young men. The application is now on-line. Dennis Counts is the mentorship program coordinator. Linda Laue is the apprenticeship program coordinator.

Arkansas Bee keeper’s annual meeting will be this October in Mt View, Arkansas.

Question: Are other people are having trouble with hive beetles? Response: Overwhelmingly yes. What are they doing to kill beetles? Beetle Blasters with oil and or mineral oil. Also try Beetle Blasters with diatamashish (sp?) earth in them. Swisher pads in the corner of the hives allow beetles to hang up in the pads. A manual method is to bang super box on board or concrete pad, knock all the beetles out and mash them with a hammer!

Tom Nichols spoke about perparing hives for the winter season.

Now we have Golden Rod blooming produces some darker honey.

This year we have a lot of beetles.

Bees are getting close to the time when bees will have the cluster that they will carry through the winter. Now is the important time to check for mites. If you cannot check for mites then you should definitely treat for mites. Apivar is one of the treatments. Formic Acid another. Oxalic Acid is new method and is applied with a vaporizer. Oxalic acid is a natural part of honey. Five pounds will last a long time. Thymol gel. Hop Guard are other types of treatments.

You should rotate different types of treatments each year.

Preparing for winter 1) treat for mites, 2) make sure the bees have enough food for winter. Don’t let your bees starve. I try to leave a box of honey for the bees during the winter. Honey is better winter feed that sugar water. 3) bottoms screens are a little better due to ventilation and letting garbage out the bottom.

Even if you do everything to keep your hives healthy you can still loose bees during the winter.

Treatments around a hive:

Guardstar is very toxic for bees. Use as a drench around the hive.

Diatemshish earth (made from Diatoms) within 3 m of hives. Beetles go through life cycles every 21 days. If you treat every 3 weeks then treatment works.

Only advantage to solid bottoms is brood up faster in the spring. Otherwise screen bottoms tend to work better.

Hygienic bees are probably the ultimate answer to mites, but you will still have mites.

Boric acid is toxic to bees.

Ants don’t usually cause a problem for hives.

Moths are opportunists. They only attack weak colonies. Strong bees will not have a moth problems.

Entrance reducers should be inserted into hives in fall to guard against robbing.