West Georgia Beekeepers Association
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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 email@example.com.
On a federal level, report to the EPA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Extraction Workshop at WGA!!
JULY 29 at 10AM
You'll have a sweet time at the extraction workshop. Learn to extract with an extractor. Learn how to crush and strain. Learn how to use a hot knife. Learn how to use a cold knife. What are cappings and what can I do with them. What's a honey gate?
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
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