West Georgia Beekeepers Association
Monthly Meeting - Picnic, Saturday June 24 at Triple Creek Farm
The farm is located at 8625 Banks Mill Rd., Douglasville, GA 30135
Monthly meetings are open to the public and are held at 7 pm on the 4 th Monday of the month. Mentoring session begins at 6:30 PM.
LOCATION: American Legion Post 145
6449 W. Veterans Memorial Highway
Douglasville, GA 30134
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.
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.
Workshop at WGA!!
to be scheduled!
Now is the Time
The nectar flow is still on! The bees are gathering nectar and pollen, clover is in. This should continue through May (not much longer). 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).
Nearly time to extract! I will extract in next week or so because I want to separate the sour wood nectar if we get any this year.
Swarming is still a problem - I had a swarm on April 29th., May 10th. ??
Now is still the time to do hive inspections, add supers and check for swarm cells. A quick and easy method is to rotate the super back and stand it on its end on top of the box below. This way its easy to see the bottom of the frames and any queen cells that may be there. If they're getting ready to swarm, the queen cells will most likely be there.
Splitting your hive is an excellent method of preventing swarms
If you have a new package or nuc install, now is the time to feed them 1 : 1 sugar water so they can make wax and draw comb. Think in terms of gallons when feeding - they will consume a large quantity. It takes somewhere around 8 to 9 pounds of sugar to make one pound of beeswax.
If you need help, call your mentor - if you don't have a mentor - click here - Mentoring
Master Beekeeper Program
Alabama Master Beekeeper Program
Certified Master Beekeepers: Marilynn Parker, Jerry Miller 2014
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