West Georgia Beekeepers Association
West Georgia

PICNIC 

Scheduled for July 22

The picnic has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 22 from 11AM to 3PM at Triple Creek Nursery, 8625 Banks Mill Rd., Winston, GA 30187.

Games and prizes - four 10 frame deep supers with migratory tops and solid bottoms will be awarded to the winners. Bean bag toss (corn hole), guess the hive weight, smoker contest and water melon seed spitting and all the food you can stuff in your pie hole. Pray for a dry day!

Pesticide Kills

How To Report Pesticide Kills


In order to get the legislation's attention, bee kills must be reported. If you find your bees dead in a huge pile in front of your hive, you have a bee kill. You can and should report your bee kills to both state and national agencies.
In Georgia, bee kills should be reported to the Georgia Department of Agriculture: Nancy Hall 404-656-7371. Her email is nancy.hall@agr.georgia.gov.
On a federal level, report to the EPA by emailing beekill@epa.gov. If you want to learn more about reporting bee kills, check out the Honey Bee Health Coalition Quick Guide to Reporting a Bee Kill Incident.
The Pollinator Stewardship Council can be of great help in reporting bee kill incidences.

Oxalic Acid / Glycerin Shop Towel Mite Treatment

Treating Varroa with Oxalic  Acid

Oxalic acid is approved for treating Varroa mites by the dribble method or the vaporization method by the EPA and the state of Georgia. The glycerin shop towel method of delivery is not yet approved by the EPA or the State of Georgia. 

Randy Oliver ("The scientific beekeeper") is pursuing the development and EPA approval for the "Shop towel / Glycerin" method of delivery of oxalic acid for the treatment of varroa mites on honeybees. Jennifer Berry (head of the UGA beelab) is researching this application method of oxalic acid for the treatment of varroa mites.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

This information is presented for your information only and West Georgia Beekeepers Association does not condone the use of oxalic acid in a manner that is not legally approved by the EPA and the State of Georgia.


Nicot System for rearing queens

For those of you interested in the Nicot or Jenter Queen rearing system -Click here

Workshops at WGA!!

to be scheduled!

Now is the Time

TREAT FOR MITES! As soon as you pull the honey, treat for varroa mites.

The nectar flow is drawing to an end for most of us. Some of us are lucky enough to live in an area where there is sourwood. The sourwood flow is in June. After that, prepare for a dearth, guard against robbing. Goldenrod will bloom in the fall (stinky - I leave that for the bees).

Time to extract! I am late extracting this year and may not be able to separate the sourwood nectar.

What do we call the time when there is little or no nectar flow? That is a dearth. Robbing is prevalent, your bees attitude has changed - they get kind of pissy. If you did not leave sufficient honey on your hives, you need to feed them. 1:1 sugar water is sufficient.

Time to do mite counts. If you do a sugar roll to count mites, double the number of mites you count for a more accurate analysis. An alcohol wash is very accurate giving precise mite counts but the downside is you kill about 300 bees.

Treat your hives or suffer the losses. Oxalic acid is an excellent method. Click on the link above for Randy Oliver's update page on Oxalic acid / Glycerin / Shop towels.  Check out the oxalic acid page on this site. You can also use the oxalic acid dribble method or the oxalic acid vaporization method. Apivar is another proven treatment method.

Now is a good time to do splits. 

If you need help, call your mentor - if you don't have a mentor - click here - Mentoring 

Mission statement 

The mission of the West Georgia Beekeepers Association is to inform and support community beekeepers to assure healthy and productive hives.

Master Beekeeper Program

Alabama Master Beekeeper Program

Certified Master Beekeepers:     Marilynn Parker, Jerry Miller     2014, Mary Cahill Roberts

Certified Welch Honey Judge:   Mary Cahill Roberts

Certified Journeyman Beekeepers:    Jan Sprayberry   2016,  John McDaniel, Dan Scales   2017

Certified Apprentice Beekeepers:   Betty Cosgrove, Earl Cosgrove 2016

                                                           Mark Dean, Crescent Beckwith, Lynda Shaw, Broderick Peters,                                                            Alex Szecsey    2017

Georgia Master Beekeeping Program:

Certified Beekeeper:  John Foran  2016