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ACBA August 12th Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
August 12, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 25 Visitors: 4
Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Upcoming Local Events:
Friday, August 16, 3-5pm
Honeybee Hootenanny at SC Botanical Gardens
Contact Allison Jones 864-656-0203 to register
Saturday, August 17th, 8am-8pm
World Honey Bee Day Festival in Pickens
at Bee Well Honey Farm
Speaker: Keith Ausburn
Topic: Q&A
Discussions included:
– Varroa treatment options chart was handed out
– Checking your hives honey supply and what to leave them for the winter
– Club members discussed their hive losses this year
– How to avoid wax moths in your stored boxes
– A notice in drone numbers starting to decline
– Queens are laying less
– Make sure you are feeding if necessary, keep an eye out for robbing
• The club extractor has been utilized by many members already this season! If you still
need to borrow it for your honey extraction, please contact Renae at 864-444-4763
• Pollinator.org is asking for beekeepers to join their 3rd annual Mite-A-Thon from September
7-21 The Mite-A-Thon is a tri-national effort to collect mite infestation data and visualize
varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.
All beekeepers can participate, creating sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and
Mexico.
• Dave Miller will be offering a practical, contact him at davemillerbees@gmail.com for further
information.
• Laurens Co. Beekeepers, in conjunction with Spartanburg, will be offering a Journeyman
Course in January or possibly spring of 2020. It will be held at Clemson Extension Office in
Laurens.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting, September 9, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACAB July 8 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
June 8, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 25 Visitors: 6
Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Business:
Eastern Apicultural Society 2019, July 15th-19th at Greenville Convention Center
Contact for questions is Lou Naylor at resgistrar@easterapiculture.org
$25 to join
One day pass $70 per day
Short Course Only $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
3 day conference $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
Full week $260
Upcoming Local Events:
World Honey Bee Day Festival in Pickens
Saturday, August 17th at Bee Well Honey Farm
Speaker: Keith Ausburn
Topic: Q&A
Discussions included:
– New Honey Exemption forms reviewed and handed out
– Proper labeling for saying your honey
– Treatment options for this time of year
– A few club members discussed their hive losses and honey yields so far
– Hive beetle issues and treatments available
– The difference between wax moth larva and hive beetle larva
Joe Kelly sells pint jars with lids for $8.00 per case of 12.
Dave Miller will be offering a practical contact him at davemillerbees@gmail.com for further
information.
Laurens Co. Beekeepers, in conjunction with Spartanburg, will be offering a Journeyman
Course in January or possibly spring of 2020. It will be held at Clemson Extension Office in
Laurens.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting, August 12, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA June 10 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
June 10, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 41 Visitors: 7
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Business:
Eastern Apicultural Society 2019, July 15th-19th at Greenville Convention Center
Contact for questions is Lou Naylor at resgistrar@easterapiculture.org
$25 to join
One day pass $70 per day
Short Course Only $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
3 day conference $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
Full week $260
Volunteers are needed!!!
Upcoming Local Events:
World Honey Bee Day Festival in Pickens
Saturday, August 17th at Bee Well Honey Farm
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: Extracting Honey and Q&A
• Reviewed how to use the club extractor, which is available for any club member to borrow.
• It has been modified to accept 6 shallow frames for radial extraction.
• When using 9 frames in your supers, you will get more more honey, as the bees have a
chance to draw the comb out further. This is made easier with the use of metal frame
spacers.
• Do not allow wax into your drains. If you do rinse tools in your sinks, make sure to use a
fine mesh strainer for drains, as this will help catch any unwanted wax from clogging it.
• Before pouring honey up into jars, allow time for honey to settle and then remove foam
from top. You don’t want this in your final product.
• Always spin honey ASAP after removing from hives. Hive beetles can still ruin it.
• Honey absorbs moisture from the air. Make sure honey buckets are sealed tight if storing
for long periods.
• Consider doing mite checks (alcohol wash, sugar roll, etc.) treat if temps and conditions are
right. Whatever you use, follow treatment instructions!!!
• Make sure, if you are feeding, to close down hive to smallest entrance to prevent robbing.
Q&A:
Where to obtain gated honey buckets?
You can make your own, just make sure hole is cut to proper size.
What to do with wet frames after extraction?
Either put back on hives or place in apiary away from hives to allow bees to clean the frames.
Still no consensus on club buying jars in bulk. Joe Kelly sells pints with lids for $8.00 per case
of 12.

Dave Miller will offer a practical this Saturday (June 15th) contact him at
davemillerbees@gmail.com for further information.
Laurens Co. Beekeepers, in conjunction with Spartanburg, will be offering a Journeyman
Course in January or possibly spring of 2020. It will be held at Clemson Extension Office in
Laurens.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Eric Black won an extractor. Congratulations!
Next meeting, July 8, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA May 13 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
May 13, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 24 Visitors: 9
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Eastern Apicultural Society 2019, July 15th-19th at Greenville Convention Center
Contact for questions is Lou Naylor at resgistrar@easternapiculture.org
$25 to join EAS (you must be a member)
One day pass $70 per day
Short Course Only $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
3 day conference $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
Full week $260
Upcoming Local Events:
City of Westminster Mosquito Spraying-May 24, 2019
If you have any bees and would like them to avoid your area, please call City Hall at
864-647-3200 Ext. 2 and give them your address.
World Honey Bee Day Festival in Pickens
Saturday August 17th at Bee Well Honey Farm
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: Dealing With Honey
• Raw honey will crystalize at some point. The main cause is fructose to glucose ratio.
• Pollen doesn’t cause it, but can act as the nucleus.
• Over heating and over filtering can remove good qualities as well.
• Most honey we collect should be labeled “Wildflower”
• Raw honey can cause “infantile Botulism” in children under 1 year
• Honey should be harvested at 90-95% capped
• Moisture content should be at 18% or less
• Never refrigerate, keep at room temp
• Crystallized honey should be slowly liquified in water bath with low heat
• Honey is hygroscopic
• A high moisture content will cause honey to ferment
Dave Miller attended the SC bee meeting and reported back:
SCBA is in the process of getting a new tax exempt #
They will be offering SC Beekeeper license plates soon
2 grants were given out
Charleston Area Beekeepers Association is hosting a Natural Beekeeping Symposium
November 16, 2019 at the Thornley Campus of Trident Technical College
$36.00/person
May Beekeeping Calendar
• Watch for swarms
• Apply Empty Supers
• Attend bee meetings
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Included was a two man hive lift, hive tool, bee brush, clear inner cover, vegetable plants and
much more!
Thank you to all who donated!
Next meeting, June 10, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA April 8 2019 Meeting Notes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 34 Visitors: 10
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Business:
Eastern Apicultural Society 2019, July 15th-19th at Greenville Convention Center
(Prices have not been set for 2019)
For reference, EAS 2018 prices were:
$25 to join
One day pass $70 per day
Short Course Only $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
3 day conference $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
Full week $260
Proposal for ACBA to sponsor EAS “Break” voted on. Nays won. May revisit subject next
month.
Association purchased a teaching hive, banner and brochures.
Still need a canopy, table, and place (i.e. storage unit) to store ACBA equipment.
Upcoming Local Events:
Saturday 4/13/19 Native Plant Society, Plant Sale, 8:30am-1:00pm, Conestee Nature
Park in Mauldin
Monday 4/22/19 Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Earth Day, Clemson 1pm-7pm
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: Bee’s are here!! What do we need to be doing now?
Nucs, Packages and Swarms
• Feed Sugar water if needed
• Add to weaker hives from stronger hives
• Watch for swarms and be prepared for them with the right equipment
• Stop feeding when you add YOUR super, whether you use queen excluders or not
• Stop using community feeders if you add YOUR supers to any of your hives
• Isolate hives that still need feeding by using boardman, frame, or hive top feeders
• Don’t dump old sugar water near hives
April Beekeeping Calendar
• Watch for and catch swarms
• Watch for full boxes and add supers if needed
• Have additional equipment ready
• Attend bee meetings

Bees For Sale (All Dates Subject To Change)
Most suppliers selling out!
Joe Kelly 864-845-6663
James Ott 864-221-2123
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
A full hive setup was donated by Joe and Lynn Kelly as a door prize and was won by Wilson
Wheeler. Congratulations!
Thank you to all who donated!
Next meeting, May 13, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

March 11 2019 Meeting Notes (revised)

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 41 Visitors: 4
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Business:
Eastern Apicultural Society 2019, July 15th-19th at Greenville Convention Center
(Prices have not been set for 2019)
For reference, EAS 2018 prices were:
$25 to join
One day pass $70 per day
Short Course Only $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
3 day conference $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
Full week $260
Upcoming Local Events:
– Tuesday 3/26/19 Club representative will be speaking to local women’s gardening group
– SC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale Friday 4/5, 2pm-6pm and Saturday 4/6, 9am-1pm
– Saturday 4/13/19 Native Plant Society, Plant Sale, 8:30am-1:00pm, Conestee Nature
Park in Mauldin
– Monday 4/22/19 Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Earth Day, Clemson
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: Getting New Bees!!
Ways to get them:
Package Bees, A Nuc, Swarms, Catching a Swarm, Splits, Existing Hive
Package Bee:
• Bees are shaken from miscellaneous hives
• Weighed out into 2,3, or 4lb. packages, aprox. 3500 bees per lb. (Most common is 3 lb.)
• The mated queen is raised separate, placed in queen cage, hung in package in order to
allow bees to get use to her pheromones.
• A can of sugar water syrup is placed in package.
• No frames, wax, pollen or honey included.
• Best to install at dusk.
NUCS:
• This is the “nucleus” of an existing hive. A 5 frame NUC usually has 3 frames brood, 1
frame honey and 1 frame pollen. The original queen and bees.
• You are getting 5 frames of drawn comb.
• Some NUCS are sold with a separate queen.
• Some people sell 3 frame NUCS. (1 frame bees/1honey/1pollen)
• When purchasing, make sure you know what you’re getting.
• Follow the sellers instructions about transferring or pickup times.
Swarms:
• Bees swarm to reproduce.
• They put the queen on a diet.
• The worker bees make and fill queen cells.
• The queen will slow down or stop laying.
• Scout bees are looking for a new place to live.
• When ready, the hive will swarm taking 40-60% of the work force with them.
• A new queen will emerge in the original hive.
Catching a Swarm:
• You can build or buy swarm traps to catch a swarm.
• Lures—Old drawn frames/Lemongrass oil/Commercial lures like Swarm Commander/
Propolis.
• Placement—S-SE facing tree line. 4-24ft.
• Size—approx. equal to a deep super, OR NOT!!
Frames—1-10, leaving extra room.
• Move to apiary at dusk.
• You can easily catch a swarm that has flown into a tree or bush. Easy if it is close to the
ground, on flexible limb.
• It can be more difficult if inside or on a solid surface.
• It is not worth falling out of a tree or getting electrocuted.
Splits:
If you are new to beekeeping, get experienced help!!
Factors:
• Are you doing it during spring, before honey flow?
• Are you doing it in the fall?
• Do you leave them in the same area, after the split?
• Do you let them make a queen or add a new one?
• Do you have enough brood?
• Do you understand placement of the frames?
• Do you need to feed?
Existing Hive:
• You can purchase an existing, working hive.
• Price will depend on: time of year, quality of woodwork, and strength of bees.
• In a “honey flow”, how many supers are on and filled?
• Is moving going to be a problem?
March Beekeeping Calendar
• This is a critical time for starvation. Young bees are hatching and the size of the colony is
increasing by hundreds, if not thousands, daily. Workers bees are foraging and drones
appearing. Ass the days grow longer, the queen increases her egg production. Colonies
wishing to swarm may start to raise swarm cells and colonies with failing queens may start
supersedure cells. These will hatch in 16 days. Weather permitting, a few early swarms
can occur. Food stores are being consumed at a rapid rate, but cold windy weather can
affect nectar sources. Keep close watch on food stores!!!!
• Check honey stores.
• Think about requesting a failing queen. DON’T KILL TIL YOU HAVE A NEW ONE!
• Make sure all medications are removed as specified on label.
• When the hive body is full (8 out of 10 frames), add another honey super.
• Attend bee meetings.
• Order NUCS, packages, and or queens NOW!!!
Bees For Sale (All Dates Subject To Change)
Joe Kelly 864-845-6663 Nuc’s available 1st week in April
Billy Craft 864-617-7630 Packages available for pickup March 25th & 26th
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Thanks to all who donated!
Please retain your red tickets. A complete cypress hive, donated by Joe and Lynne Kelly, will
be drawn for during the April meeting.
Next meeting, April 8, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

Feb 11 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 33
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Business:
• Door prize ticket sales started this month.
– $1.00 tickets
– better prizes
– money for the club
– winning ticket chooses prize
• Name tags for members during club meetings and events
• Annual Beekeeping Course began 1/22/19, 6 week program, 23 students enrolled
Upcoming Events:
• Anderson County
– Tuesday 3/26/19 Club representative will be speaking to local women’s gardening group
– Saturday 4/6/19 SC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale 9am-1pm
– Saturday 4/13/19 Chili Cook off Championship
– Date TBA Hot Air Affair, Rise Above Cancer (3 day event)
– Date TBA Williamston Spring Water Festival (2 day event)
• March 1-2, 2019 NCSBA & SCBA joint meeting in Monroe, NC
• July 15-19, 2019 EAS at Greenville Convention Center
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: “Different Ways To Feed Bees” (50/50 sugar to water ratio)
Boardman Feeder
Placed at entrance of the hive
Pros:
– easy to see level of sugar water
– easy to remove and refill
Cons:
– can promote robbing due to location of feeder
Division Board Feeder (Frame Feeders)
Placed in the brood super in place of 1-2 frames
Pros:
– feeder can hold more liquid
– feed is inside, giving less chance of robbing
Cons:
– feeders may have to be modified to prevent drowning
– honey supers must be removed in order to refill, check or clean
– room is sacrificed that could otherwise be used for brood
Top Feeders
Top feeders are made of wood or plastic. Place directly on top of hive super or brood box with
inner cover removed.
Pros:
– enclosed in hive, reduces chances of robbing
– can hold 1-2 gallons
– can be filled without disturbing bees
– many bees can feed at once
– good for almost any time of the year for feeding
Cons:
– might not be the best during freezing weather
– some have floating platforms and may drown bees
NOTE: Make sure telescoping top is tight on top of feeder. Make sure inner cover is removed.
Community Feeders
Often made with a 5 gallon bucket with sticks, branches or rocks to prevent drowning. Or
chicken waterers, bird baths, etc. with sticks, rocks or moss to prevent drowning.
Pros:
– many hives in the same area can be feed at the same time without handling hives
individually
Cons:
– your not going into hives to check for issues as frequently
– you end up feeding everything including yellow jackets, hornets, ants etc.
NOTE: Always place community feeders away from the hives to decrease chances of robbing
Jar Feeders (Inside)
Pros:
– can be placed directly above cluster
– one of the best ways to feed in winter.
Cons:
– bees will propolize the holes in the lid
– you need an extra super to cover jar(s)
– in extreme cold, you cannot open hive to refill
Bucket or Pail Feeders
A small 1 or 2 gallon pail or bucket, with small holes in the center of the lid, is placed upside
down on top of the center hole of the inner cover. An empty super is placed around it with the
outer cover on top.
Pros:
– you can feed 1-2 gallons at a time
– feeding inside the hive offers less chance for robbing
Cons:
– you have to have an extra brown super to cover the pail
Migratory Tops with Hole(s)
Pros:
– in clear view to check sugar water level
– easy to refill
– can use pint to gallon jars
Cons:
– hole in the top has to be tight as to not let rain or snow leak onto bees
– bees usually propolize the holes in the lid
Q & A:
How long does sugar water last?
It depends, but additives like Honey Bee Healthy or lemon grass oil may help prolong.
Changing it more often and using less in the feeders may help as well.
How do you store drawn comb?
If the drawn comb has never had brood or pollen in it (i.e. YOUR honey supers) you can store
the frames in the supers stacked and covered with a metal queen excluder underneath. If the
comb has had pollen or brood, it will attract wax moths. It is best to store in a freezer, or keep
in AIR TIGHT containers. Others choose to use a product called Para-Moth.
February Beekeeping Calendar
• Check food stores
• Treat for Varroa Mites if needed
• Attend bee meetings
• Assemble and clean equipment
• Order bees or queens
Bees For Sale (All Dates Subject To Change)
Joe Kelly 864-845-6663 Nuc’s available 1st week in April
James Ott 864-221-2123 Nuc’s available 1st week in April
Billy Craft 864-617-7630 Packages available for pickup Mon. & Tues., March 25th & 26th
Bee Well Honey in Pickens 864-898-5122 Nuc’s (Sold Out) & Packages-Call for available dates
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@ gmail.com
Discounted rates for American Bee Journal $28 to $23.80
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
A package of bees was donated by Billy Craft to be given to one lucky member via a free
drawing. Jim Bach was the winner!
Please retain your red tickets. A complete cypress hive, donated by Joe and Lynne Kelly, will
be drawn for during the April meeting.
Next meeting, March 11, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

January 14 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 31
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Business:
• 2019 membership fees are due
• Suggestion for $1 tickets to be purchased for door prizes meetings
• What does Anderson have to offer for the ACBA objective
• Possibility of club name tags
• No minutes from December in lieu of the December Christmas Party
• Plant photos for identification purposes to be collected for club use
• Save the date for the Eastern Apicultural Society July 15-19, 2019
Keith Raines was speaker. Topic covered was the testing and treatment for Varroa Mite.
Looking for Varroa
• Brown or red spot on white larva
• Deformed wings
• Inspect for mites in drone brood between upper and lower frames
• 15 to 100 mites use to be acceptable, now only 2 per 100
Testing Methods for Varroa
• Powdered Sugar Shake, no bees are killed with this method
• Alcohol Wash, most accurate, but will kill the bees
• Screened Bottom Boards, using the sticky board method
• Drone Brood Inspection, kills the drone brood
The practical version to the Powdered Sugar Shake:
• Find brood frame with bees
• Knock bees off into hive top
• Scoop up 1/2 cup of bees and place in jar
• Put about 1 TB powdered sugar into jar
• Shake, wait, shake
• Shake out sugar & mites onto plate, spray with water
• Sugar dissolves to count the mites
Varroa Treatments
“Natural” Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Drone Comb- You can purchase drone foundation which the queen will only lay drone brood
in. The varroa prefer drone brood. After cells are capped, remove the frame and place in
freezer for 24-48 hours. This kills the drone brood along with any mites.
Powdered Sugar Dusting- It’s best to use powdered sugar without cornstarch. Sift sugar
twice, put into empty, clean baby powder container. Smoke hive, and remove frames one by
one. Don’t shake sugar but dust each frame with a puff of sugar dust. Also dust tops of bars.
This should be repeated once a week for 3 weeks.
Other Varroa Treatments
Apistan (Fluvalinate)
-Used in Europe
-Mites become resistant
-May shorten life of drones, believed to weaken queen
-US mite population has developed a resistance to this product
Checkmite+
-Manufactured by Bayer Corp.
-Strips impregnated with coumaphos, an ingredient used in deadly nerve gas
-Known to leave residue in wax
-Widespread resistance
Mite-Away Quick Strips and Mite-Away II (Formic Acid)
-Formic acid is considered a natural sourced chemical
-Will penetrate the brood capping to kill mites
-Not suggested for 1st year beekeepers due to it being caustic and tricky to use
-May be safe to apply during honey flow??
Apiguard
-25% Thymol, slow release gel
-Recommended for summer and fall
-1st treatment is 2 weeks, 2nd treatment is 2-4 weeks
-93% mite control level
-Considered a “soft” chemical treatment
Api-Life VAR
-74% Thymol, Eucalyptol/Menthol& Camphor
-Must be removed 1 month before honey flow
-Each pack contains 2 wafers, use 1 wafer per treatment per hive
-3 applications 7-10 days intervals per hive
-95% mite control level
-Considered a “soft” chemical treatment
Apivar (Amitraz)
-Not temperature sensitive
-Use 2 strips per brood chamber
-Spread by bees walking across and feeding on
-Leave strips in place for at least 6 weeks, 10 weeks maximum
-97-99% efficiency
-Considered “hard” chemical treatment
Oxalic Acid (wood bleach)
-Approved in US on 10/13/15 by using NAFTA to get the test results for the EPA rushed
-Does not build up in wax and is found naturally in plants, vegetables and honey
-Labeled with the highest level of toxicity “Category 1”, CAUTION MUST BE USED when
handling!!
-Can be applied by drip, vaporization or spraying
-Only treat ONCE a year with little or no brood
Try to check for mites at least 3 or 4 times a year.
NEVER treat with honey supers on!
Always read and follow all instructions on the packet.
Use glove and eye protection when working with these chemicals.
January Beekeeping Calendar:
Clean, paint and assemble equipment
Check food stores
Check for moisture/proper ventilation
Attend local bee meetings
Order bees NOW!
At the conclusion of the meeting, door prizes were given out.
Thank you to all who came out and donated. Next meeting is February 11, 2019.
Reminder, new this year, at 6:30pm, will be fellowship and refreshments and meeting will start
at 7:00pm.
Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

Nov 12 2018 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes

 

November 12, 2018

Anderson Federal Credit Union

100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621

Members in Attendance:  27

 

Meeting was called to order by Dave Miller, President.  Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

Guest speakers were Chad and Kerri, who make candles and soaps for Bee Well Honey of Pickens.

They gave a very brief talk about how they process their wax for use in candle making as well other uses.  Samples of their products were passed around for members to get an idea of items they use and make with beeswax.

Some key facts on the use of beeswax for candle making included:

  • Melting point for beeswax is about 150 degrees
  • Beeswax burns brighter than paraffin wax
  • You can use old clean curtain sheers to filter the hot wax
  • Beeswax contains no toxicity, while paraffin contains many toxins
  • Beeswax neutralizes pollutants in the air, while paraffin adds pollutants
  • The burning of candles is known to aid in stress relief
  • Properly sized wicks must be used in conjunction with the candle size you’re making

 

Dave Miller gave a brief summary of his attendance of the SCBA meeting on November 2nd.

Anderson Civic Center was mentioned as a possible venue to hold future meetings.

The state wants to raise the membership fees from $10.00 to $15.00.

A honeybee specialty plate design for the SC DMV was voted on and will be offered at $10.00 PLUS the regular plate fees.

 

Newly revised By Laws were approved after motion was made, seconded and vote taken.

Christmas Party plans were discussed and decided upon.  It will be held on the regular meeting date of December 10th at 6pm.  A reminder with location address will be sent out via email.

Door prizes were handed out at the close of meeting.  Thank you to all who donated.

 

Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA October 2018 Meeting Minutes

Subject: October meeting minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes

October 8, 2018                                                                      Members in attendance:  36

Anderson Federal Credit Union

100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621

 

Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President, in absence of club president.  Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

 

Guest speaker was Kerry Owen, owner of Bee Well Honey in Pickens, SC and president of the South Carolina Beekeepers Association.

Kerry opened with reminders of what our $10 state dues goes towards and handed out brochure’s regarding this for future members to receive.  Also reminded our association to take advantage of grants that are available.

His spoke of what to do and not do this time of year in our hives to prepare them for winter.

·        Remove extra supers.  It creates too much space for them to protect from invaders and pests like the small hive beetle, wax moths and varroa mites.

·        Treating your hives for varroa mites is essential.

·        His hives are tested by the USDA, and you can volunteer your hives to be tested for pests, diseases and viruses as well.

·        Feeding inside the hive is best, enclosed.  SHB are drawn to sugar water outside the hive.  Keep the feeders clean and avoid sour sugar water.

·        Pollen patties should be avoided.  It creates a feeding ground for SHB.  You could try an alternative by mixing pollen substitute with powdered sugar and sprinkle this over the bees in small quantities.

·        Assess mite level counts at 4-month intervals.

·        Repair hardware if necessary

·        Do not open your hives unnecessarily after November

·        Clean up your bee yard of dead out boxes.  They create a breeding ground for SHB and wax moths.

·        Feed, feed, feed!

Q & A:

What ratio of sugar to water do you use?  1:1

How often should we be treating for varroa?  Try every 4 months, if possible

Should we be worried about becoming honey bound?  Not this time of year.  Just feed, feed, feed!

What treatment do you recommend?  Apivar is what he likes and uses. It contains Amitraz.

He suggested another option to requeening would be to purchase and use queen cells instead. Sometimes queens are sold prior to being given time to breed adequately enough.

 

 

 

 

Business:  Two motions were brought to the members for a vote.