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.
Website – A few items have been sent to Bill Glenn for posting to the club website, www.andersonbeekeepers.org. These should help educate members on how to legally sell their honey:
- a copy of an application for honey exemption,
- an article describing how to properly label jars,
- the rules of how many pounds may be sold and to whom,
- 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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/533767900148226/
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 www.kellysolutions.com/clemson/beekeepers/ . 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