West Georgia Beekeepers Association
West Georgia

Monthly Meeting - Picnic, Saturday June 24 at Triple Creek Farm

The farm is located at 8625 Banks Mill Rd., Douglasville, GA 30135

Bring your own chairs, if you have a folding table - bring it. There will be a smoker contest - check back here for the rules

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

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.

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 

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

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