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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
• 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
-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??
-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
-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