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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.

ACBA minutes Sept 2018

Subject: ACBA minutes Sept 2018

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes


September 10, 2018                                                                Members in attendance: 23

Anderson Federal Credit Union, 100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621


Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

Guest speaker was Ryan A Okey, Pesticide Program Chief at Clemson University’s Regulatory & Public Service Programs Department of Pesticide Regulation.

  • During investigations, state and federal credentials are utilized.
  • 72 hours is the crucial time frame for affected hives.

How they regulate:

  • Clemson was designated as State Lead Agency by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) in 1972
  • Every product is registered under FIFRA
  • No new active ingredient has been added in 18 years, although many have been removed
  • 12 investigators with independent lab

What they do:

  • Protect consumer property and environment
  • Ensure safe and proper use of pesticides via inspections, certification, product registration

What has been done:

  • The new EPA bee Advisory box
  • Implemented policy that protects bees from agricultural pesticide spray and dust application while bees are under contract for pollination services.
  • Prohibited certain neonicotinoids
  • Bee impact studies
  • Bee exposure and effect testing
  • Expediting the review of new varroa control products
  • Data requirements
  • State managed “pollinator protection plans”
  • Pollinator training
  • Bee apiary mapping program (voluntary)

What to do:

  • Notify DPR (Department of Pesticide Regulation) at Clemson for pesticide use, bee kill investigation
  • Protect your bees—close, cover, move
  • Have an emergency plan
  • Communicate—Get on a notification list to be warned of sprayings:
  • Contact your local County/Municipality Emergency Management Division for more info.
  • The direct link for applying for Clemson’s Hive Mapping/Bee Stewardship Program is:


Business:  Amendments to the ACBA By Laws were addressed and concluded with.  The newly amended version will be sent out to members via email.  A vote for approval to Bylaw changes will be made at the November meeting.

Dave Miller volunteered as Club Representative to attend state meetings and relay information back to the ACBA.  This is a two-year position, can be renewed, and is not a Board position.

As approved by the Board, Patricia Brandes volunteered to be the new Board member with no initial duties.  This makes a 5-person Board.

The board will be compiling nominees for our 2019-20 ACBA president and presenting those names at our October meeting to be voted on at the November meeting.

Jim Bach has volunteered to be the new Website Manager and will update our webpage at


Door prizes consisting of fresh eggs, aloe plant, chow-chow, dozen KK donut and more were given at the end of the meeting.  Thank you to all who donated!


Next meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2018.  We will have Kerry Owen, President, SC State Beekeeper Association, SC Beekeeper of the year 2018, owner of Bee Well Honey in Pickens as our guest speaker.

There will also be a grand door prize to be given in October.  More information on that will be announced soon!

You will not want to miss this one!


Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

August 2018 Meeting Minutes

Subject: ACBA August minutes, request, and bylaw changes

Fellow beekeepers, here are 3 items for you to review:


Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2018                                                              Members in attendance: 28


Location:         Anderson Federal Credit Union

100 Hanna Crossing

Anderson, SC 29621


Business:        Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President.  Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

Amendments made by the board to the ACBA Bylaws were briefly discussed and read by Dave Miller, President.  These amendments will be emailed to all members.


Program:         There was a brief Q&A time about Sourwood.  Some members have had slight success with bringing some back from the mountains.  Daily rain prevented the bees from collecting much nectar.

The topic of checking the honeys moisture content was brought up.  The tool suggested to check it was a refractometer.  The moisture content should not exceed 18.6%.

Members were asked if they had started Varroa Mite treatment yet.  Some responded yes but most have not.

Dave Miller, President, recently attended the Australian Bee Conference in June.  He gave a slide presentation about stingless bees.  He brought a book titled “The Australian Native Bee Book” by Time Heard.

Subject matter about the stingless bees included:

They are a 1/4 the size of our honeybee.  The kept hives are also 1/4 of the size of our Langstroth hives.  Some species have patterns to their brood (i.e circular) The cells that their honey is stored in is referred to as “honey pots” or “honey sacs”.  Ants are a problem for them, which the bees help to keep out with propolis formed into long tubes at the entrance which they continue to build on. Australia currently has no varroa mites.  The stingless bee takes 50 days to hatch.

Door prizes were given out at the conclusion of the meeting.  Thanks to all who donated!

Next meeting scheduled for September 10, 2018


Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

April 2017 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes 4/10/17

Thank you to Jim Bach for taking this month’s minutes at the meeting; we are still in need of a permanent Secretary.  Call Dave Miller 328-3243 to volunteer.

Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer to open meeting at 7:00 pm in the Starr Town Hall

Dave Miller welcomed everyone and said that the meeting’s format would be questions, answers and comments.


  • $142 dollars needed for web site renewal.  Expense was approved by membership.
  • Put members’ names who sell honey and supplies on website. Add Joe Kelly, Danny Mitchell, & James Ott.
  • State summer meeting will be in Florence.  James Ott commented that with all that Clemson does for bee keeping that the meeting should be in Clemson, especially since it was in Charleston last year
  • Listed who was mentoring whom.  Class members were emailed that list.
  • Danny Mitchel asked if club was interested in another extractor.  For about $100.00 in material he could convert an extractor he had to a radial one.  He could have it ready for this year.


  • Who has had a swarm? Many hands were raised.  In catching a swarm, avoid those that are located 20 feet up.  This is for safety reasons.  First swarm from a colony contains the older queen.  James Ott requeens these swarms unless the queen is very productive.  Be sure to feed your captured swarm.
  • Dave Miller has swarm traps for sale and is offering $50 to the first two people who can video a swarm being caught in his traps.
  • Lemon grass oil and pheromones are used inside the traps to attract the bees.
  • Don’t put the swarm trap near your bee yard; put it farther away from you to catch both your bees swarming and others.
  • James Ott said that the same hive can have multiple swarms.
  • Member with a Flow Hive says that it is looking promising that he may get some honey this summer.  Members would like to see the extraction.


  • Question on Grant money to be used for 4H kids.  This money could be used for a whole hive, bees, and bee outfit for the beginner beekeepers.  The grant was requested from the state a month ago, but there is no reason to wait.  Our club can fund approximately $500 to get the process going now.  The membership approved the motion and James Ott & Joe Kelly were put in charge of this task.  Jeremy Brick’s children are the recipients of this donation since they are in both 4-H and our bee club.
  • Is now the time to put on honey supers?  Yes, add the honey super if 80% of the frames have been drawn out and bees are on the other two. Frames with drawn comb and cut comb frames can be added to the new super to promote progress.  Start in the center and stagger these frames with undrawn frames.
  • How does one get the practical exam which is needed to be a certified bee keeper? Email Dave Miller or James Ott for information.
  • Is it necessary to have a certified honey house in order to sell your honey to the public.  No.  A person can apply to the State for an exemption.  This will require an approved label and allow the person to sell up to 400 gallons of honey, but only to the end user, not to stores.
  • When should one requeen?   Requeening may be necessary if there is an egg laying worker or signs that the hive is queenless.  A queenless hive is usually noisey and very agitated.


Gifts:  Several people brought in things to be raffled to members:  two perennial plants, a queen excluder, a Swarm Trooper, jelly, and fresh eggs.


The meeting adjourned at 8:30

March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Assoc.


  • President Dave Miller opened the meeting @ 7 pm.
  • Opening prayer by Wilson Wheeler
  • Linda Rakey gave the Treasurer’s Report – We have 72 paid members, a $ balance, receipts for dues payments are available, and 31  were in attendance
  • President Dave Miller-
    • WE STILL NEED A SECRETARY! Dodie Clark filled in tonight
    • Mentioned the joint NC/SC Beekeepers Meeting for Spring has past, but the Summer Meeting is in Charleston in July
    • Youth Education Grant monies are still available for each chapter to sponsor a student beekeeper
  • Danny Mitchell demonstrated how to install a package-
    • Set up your hive body in your apiary/yard
    • Pull out 5 frames from the hive body
    • Remove the queen cage from the package and set her in a safe place to the side (out of extreme weather)
    • Spray the package of bees with sugar water and then shake/bump the package to get them to the bottom of the container; then place the opened package in the hive body where the 5 frames were.
    • Remove the cork from the hole with the candy of the queen cage, place it horizontally on top of the package, and then close up hive body.
    • Check after a few days…the worker bees should have eaten the candy and released the queen from her cage. Remove the package container and queen cage. Put the 5 frames back in the hive body and close it up.
  • Dave Miller introduced his “Swarm Trooper”-
    • He and his son are marketing this lightweight swarm catcher made of corrugated plastic and that holds up to 5 frames. It has vents, entrance, feeder hole, and mounting straps. ONLY $40!
    • Bonus- If you are the first one to call him with a swarm captured in his invention, he will award you $50 if you allow him to take pictures of the captured swarm in the Swarm Trooper for marketing purposes.
  • Guest Speaker, Robin McGee, Herbalist of Earthwise Learning Center. Anderson, SC
    • She discussed her uses of honey and beeswax in her herbal medicines
      • Honey – (medicinal qualities alone)
        • Flower infused honeys (i.e. honeysuckle, passion flower, mimosa, rosemary, and elderberry for emotional and physical well-being)
        • Syrups/Elixirs (i.e. elderberry)
        • Topical applications (i.e. leg ulcers, acne, burns)
      • Beeswax- (great emulsifier and natural preservative)
        • Salves (i.e. chickweed, olive oil, and beeswax to make “relief balm” for burns)
        • Creams (i.e. violet leaves, olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, water to make dry skin reliever)
      • Propolis – She was asked about its use in herbal medicine. She affirmed its use in a tincture to fight bacterial infections
      • Plantain (Plantago major) – She mentioned that this common weed is one of the best remedies for honeybee stings. Chew it up and put it directly on the sting. Change every 10 minutes. It is supposed to reduce inflammation and relieves pain
      • You can peruse her classes at, or contact her for products (soaps, salves, creams, syrups, and tinctures) by e-mail: . Her husband also raises organic livestock (pork, chicken & eggs, beef) available for order via
  • Bee Question-
    • Linda’s only hive swarmed on March 8th and she wasn’t home to catch it. She asked about splitting her hives in February of next year to avoid early swarms. James Ott, said that is weather dependent (was it a fair winter again?), as well as on whether a queen is available for purchase in late winter.
  • Giveaway Winners-
    • Joe Duffy – butterfly house
    • Jim Bach – candle mold
    • Brad Tolbert- jar of hot pepper jelly


February 2017 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes – 2/13/17

Thank you to Katrina Emirzian for taking minutes.  The Secretary position is still open, so people will have to take turns every month with notes and typing.

President Dave Miller opened the meeting at 7:00 pm. Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer. 35 people attended.  Linda Rakey brought refreshments for Valentine’s Day.

Business – $25 dues for the calendar year 2017 are overdue.  If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible.  From last year’s roster, 35 members have been archived at the state level.

We need a volunteer on March 25 to promote the ACBA and Beekeeping at the Anderson County Library’s How-to Fair.  The morning session will be from 10am-12:30pm and the afternoon session will be from 1pm-3:30pm.  Please let us know if you are available to fill one of these slots.  This is the same day as our “field day” with the beekeepers class.

The State Association has a youth education grant available in the amount of $514.16.  The application must be submitted by April 15th.  It was suggested that the club also donate a portion of funds to help more than one youth get started in beekeeping.  Possible places to look: 4h Bee Program and Future Farmers of America.

We need mentors for our bee class participants – someone who can answer questions and be a point of contact.  Those in attendance that have already offered to mentor are: Wilson Wheeler, Mike Parker, Dave Miller, Tim Watkins, James Ott, and Linda Rakey

Treasurer’s Report – current balance is $

Program – Bee Talk: Q & A.

Dave Miller brought several styles of hives he has built from online plans and talked about hive types.
There are 10 frame and 8 frame hives.  They have the same basic components. A deep super/brood box, medium super, frames with wax or plastic foundation.  The bees prefer wax foundation as it is more natural to them, but they will draw out comb on plastic foundation if given that.  Not a good idea to mix them though as the bees will choose to work the wax foundation first.  You can use a shallow super for the honey as it is less heavy in weight, approx 30-35# compared to a medium at 50-54#. A shallow can also be used for cut comb.

The 8 frame hive takes up less space and weighs less when full.

We talked a little about the top bar hive.  Dave has not had good luck with his.

Gus lost 2 hives. He checked his week hive late January and most of the bees were dead.  There were a lot on the screen bottom and others looked frozen in place all over the comb.  They had plenty of honey stored.  Two weeks later, the hive next to it was dead as well.

The dearth was bad last year.  Too small of clusters have trouble surviving through winter.

A member lost a hive in January.  There were approx 10 dead bees in the bottom of the hive.  It had been active, but some ants were noticed entering the hive a few weeks prior.  Appeared to have run out of honey, or was robbed.

Another member lost 2 hives last fall.  Their stronger hive robbed them out.

By a raise of hands, it was shown that the majority of the club members have lost hives during their time as beekeepers.  We need to support each other and learn from these losses.

Follow-up from Fall mite treatments.  Api Life Var vs Oxalic acid treatments.  Mark Avery lost less this season by not using oxalic acid.  He lost 9 in the previous year.  He also used VSH queens and only had 1 of 10 hives with a treatable mite count.  James has used both methods.  He likes the ease of use and cost of the Api Life Var.

What we need to be doing now:  Check your honey stores.   Feed them, but excessive feeding can lead to early swarms.  It has been warm and plants are blooming early.  If your bees are doing really well, super up and give them more room to reduce the chance of swarming.  It is difficult to change a hives mind once they’ve decided to swarm.

Door Prizes – Lillian brought two aloe plants, Billy donated a 3# package of bees, Dodie brought a bag of buckwheat, and Katrina brought a bottle of her Goats Milk Lotion

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Please keep quiet while other club members are talking.  Save your question or wait until after the meeting for private conversations.

November 2016 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes – 11/14/16

President James Ott opened the meeting at 7:00 pm.    Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer.  22 people attended.

Business – James Ott had prepared ballots for election of officers for the two year term starting January 1st.  The slate included Dave Miller as President, James as Vice President, Linda Rakey as Secretary, Renae Ausburn as Treasurer, and per our ByLaws, a Chaplain, Wilson Wheeler.  The duties of membership will be removed from the Secretary and added to the Treasurer’s responsibilities.  Renae and Linda will confer on how to do this.

The holiday party will again be at the Golden Corral banquet room on December 12th  at 6:00 pm.  Members will purchase their own dinners and are responsible for tips at their tables.  Gifts will be purchased by the club to distribute to attendees.

Treasurer’s Report – Dave Miller reported that many members have already paid the 2017 dues.  A dues notice was mailed to all.

WebsiteBill Glenn was absent.

Program – Bee Talk:  Q & A.

If your bees have few or no honey stores, you must feed through winter.  Be sure to remove the queen excluder from above the brood, so the queen can feed, too.

Jim Bach has been feeding his bees from a community feeder.  He plans to transition to feeding within the hive as it gets colder.

There were many questions about the best way to feed.  A top feeder is the one most commonly used, but the feeding area may not be directly over the cluster.  Bees will not leave the cluster around the queen and brood to partake of syrup if it is not close enough; they would rather starve.

Some people use an upside down jar of syrup with holes in the lid, like that on a Boardman feeder.  They put the jar within another empty hive body or medium super.  That way the jar can be moved around over the cluster.  This does create a lot of dead air space above the frames to be warmed.  James said to put two pencil-sized spacers under the jar to allow for bee access space.

There is also a kind of inner cover with two jar lid-sized holes cut in it and screen across them.  The addition can be rotated so the holes are closer to the cluster.  As long as the jar lid sets directly on the screen, the bees can feed from it and this would keep the frames warmer.

You may put your plastic bottom trays back in for the winter to keep out the cold wind.

Has anyone noticed a difference in bee behavior since our area has been covered by wildfire smoke?  It must be disruptive to the colony in some way, but no one could say.

Joe Kelly stated that in more than 40 years of beekeeping, he has never seen a more difficult year for bees.  Everyone is concerned about the outcome of this winter season.  With the summer drought coming so early in the year, there was no stimulation for the queen to lay enough eggs for a strong colony.  After lack of laying comes a drop in population, then all the problems and diseases of a small colony.

Someone asked about the color of pollen coming into their hive.  The orange pollen may be from goldenrod or camellia/sasanqua.  White or gray pollen may be old pollen.

Door Prizes –Dana Leonhirth brought a dozen duck eggs.  Danny Mitchell won them.  Thanks, Dana!  Members are encouraged to bring any door prizes, not just bee stuff.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Linda Rakey, Secretary

October 2016 Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes – 10/10/16

President James Ott opened the meeting at 7:00 pm.    Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer.  23 people attended.

Business – James Ott is trying to line up officers to be voted in for the two year term starting January 1st.  Officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership Chairman (new position), Treasurer, and Chaplain (required by original By-Laws).  According to the By-Laws, the President cannot succeed himself.  Officers will be voted on at the December meeting.  To volunteer, contact James.

The membership was questioned about a holiday party.  It was decided to meet again at the Golden Corral banquet room on December 12th  at 6:00 pm.  Members will purchase their own dinners and are responsible for tips at their tables.  Gifts will be purchased by the club to distribute to attendees.

$25 dues for the calendar year 2017 will be collected between October and December 31st.  The state association wants their portion ($10) in January.  A membership dues notice will be mailed to all.

Treasurer’s Report – Dave Miller was absent.

WebsiteBill Glenn has posted new items to the Resources section of the club website,, to help members legally sell their honey.

  1. a copy of an application for honey exemption,
  2. an article describing how to properly label jars,
  3. the rules of how many pounds may be sold and to whom,
  4. and a link to the state site.

The club’s monthly minutes for two years have also been added.

A closed Facebook group has been opened for our members.  It is named Beekeepers Community of Upstate SC.  Renae Ausburn and Bruce Garner are the administrators for the site.  Only those in the group will see the posts.


Program – Bee Talk:  Q & A.

Randolph Pearson brought seeds to share from his Korean Evodia tree, commonly called Be-be tree.  His trees flower in July and August when there are fewer flowers for nectar.  The blossoms are covered by bees.  This is a slow growing tree to ~30’ in a sunny location.  More than one is necessary, since there are male and female trees.

Mitchell Burdette has recently lost hives and doesn’t know why.  Could it be foulbrood disease?  If he is unsure, he always burns the whole hive and bees.  There was plenty of honey in his hive so they weren’t robbed, they were not lying dead on the ground, and there was no foul odor.  Bees in contact with neonicotinoids on plants often suffer from navigation problems and cannot find their home.  No other members at the meeting had exactly the same problem.

Brad Cavin, the state Apiary Inspector, routinely takes samples and tests of 10 to 15 colonies for levels of incoming diseases – those not appearing in our area yet.  You may contact Brad at or 864-596-2993 if you suspect a disease.

One member asked why their bees look so small.  Too much inbreeding?  Also, there are types of smaller bees, but Mr. Ott ventured an opinion that maybe they simply haven’t fattened up due to the poor weather and little food.  It was suggested that bees be fed pollen for protein now.  Not in the hive, as that would draw hive beetles, but from a covered area, like a blue bird feeder placed near the hive.  Dry pollen can be purchased for about $10/1 # or $90/50 lbs.

Mr. Ott stated that you better be feeding sugar syrup during this dearth to ensure your bees will be healthy enough to get through winter.  They have probably already consumed much of their stored honey.  Mr. Randolph said he puts ~1/2 cup of plain vinegar into 5 gallons of syrup to keep it fresh and to prevent mold.  Some people put Honey Bee Healthy into the syrup also.

Be sure and remove empty supers to discourage hive beetles.  Hive excluders should be removed going into winter so the queen can go up into the honey stores.  If she is blocked, the colony will not leave her to go eat and all will starve to death together.

Ryan Whitfield described his comb as filled with royal jelly – bees do not store royal jelly.  He will send a photo to James, but Mitchell Burdette and Mr. Pearson will go to see Ryan’s hive to make sure it isn’t a disease.

Question:   How many frames of brood should be in a healthy hive at this time of year?  3 to 5 frames of brood would be good.  May need to have plenty of honey to get them through till spring.

Door Prizes –None.  Members are encouraged to bring any door prizes, not just bee stuff.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Linda Rakey, Secretary

September 2016 Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes – 9/12/16

President James Ott opened the meeting at 7:00 pm. 31 people attended.

Business – At the present time, the motorized extractor Mr. Ott has ordered is on backorder status.

James Ott is trying to line up officers to be voted in for the two year term starting January 1st. Officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership Chairman (new position), Treasurer, and Chaplain (required by original By-Laws). According to the By-Laws, the President cannot succeed himself. To volunteer, contact James.

$25 dues for the calendar year 2017 will be collected between October and December 31st. The state association wants their portion ($10) in January. A membership dues notice will be mailed to all.

Welcome to new member Lillian Bevill from Anderson.

Treasurer’s Report – Dave Miller stated the checking balance is $_____.

A check was written for the $250 donation to Starr for use of the building.

WebsiteA few items have been sent to Bill Glenn for posting to the club website, These should help educate members on how to legally sell their honey:

  1. a copy of an application for honey exemption,
  2. an article describing how to properly label jars,
  3. the rules of how many pounds may be sold and to whom,
  4. and a link to the state site.

The club’s monthly minutes may be added under a new category, if approved.

A closed Facebook group has been opened for our members. It is named Beekeepers Community of Upstate SC. Renae Ausburn and Bruce Garner are the administrators for the site. Only those in the group will see the posts.

Program – Bee Talk: Q & A.

A Zika virus forum discussion of spraying for mosquitoes occurred recently, led by the County Emergency Management Department. Officials explained the various components of the issue, but no rules have been established. Mr. Ott has been involved in pushing for another discussion of some ethics and rules. Afraid in the end that the phrase “human health concern” may trump saving bees. For now, beekeepers should register their hive locations at . You will be contacted by email or phone to warn when spraying will occur near your yards. As of now, pesticide applicators are not even required to look at the site, but it will make it harder to get reimbursement for losses if you are not registered.

James warned that you must treat for varroa mites if you expect to overwinter your bees. If you are using ApiLife VAR for varroa mite control, start the 3 week treatment NOW. Later will be ineffective.

Linda Rakey lost one of her two hives. Noticing that one hive wasn’t taking as much syrup as the other, she opened the hive to find sunken, rather moldy looking sections of comb. While taking a photo to send for diagnosis, a large worm crawled out – wax moths. The hive was disassembled, the frames set out for bees to clean out the open honey, then the frames were put into the freezer to kill the moth larvae and eggs. They may stay there all winter.

Katrina brought some used Swiffer duster clothes to show how many hive beetles she had trapped in the fibers. Some members swear by the beetle traps that hang between the frames and some rely on an oil tray underneath the hive. Many use all three factors together to keep beetles under control.

Mrs. Rakey sprinkled Terro ant killer granules around her hives to discourage the streams of black ants coming to the top feeders. While this has worked, Mr. Ott does not recommend any insecticide around hives.

The large carnivorous European hornets have been spotted grabbing flying honeybees lately. Some people mistakenly refer to them as Japanese hornets, but we don’t have this species here.

Considering the dearth of nectar lately, you may consider feeding your hives. A simple 50/50 ratio of sugar and water works, but doesn’t need to be perfect. James said fill a gallon jug half full of sugar, fill to top with water, and shake to dissolve. He recommends a top feeder on the hive or a 5 gallon bucket of syrup set away from any hives. A boardman feeder on the front of the hive may promote robbing. With all feeding, reduce the entrance size to discourage the excited bees from robbing. If you are using honey for feeding, make sure to dilute it.

Beware of new homes being built near your apiary. Chemicals are regularly used to help establish new lawns and are probably toxic to bees.

Door Prizes – Dave Miller brought 3 potted vitex plants. It is a small tree/shrub with late summer purple flowers bees love. Renae Ausburn brought homemade cupcakes. Members are encouraged to bring any door prizes, not just bee stuff.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Linda Rakey, Secretary