President's Message April 28, 2016

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As Always, Hello to All,

The last time I wrote we were experiencing snow and freezing rain.  Today the springtime that we were promised has arrived.  Grass is growing, flowering trees are in full bloom, and hopefully hives are bursting.  Well, maybe not quite bursting.  Maybe enough open comb to discourage swarming.  And with the springtime comes busy times for the beekeeper.

President's Message March 20, 2016

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March 20, 2016

Hello to All,

As I write this, light snow is falling.  I thought they promised us a spring.  Have you been into your bees yet?  I applied oxalic acid in late February and was astonished at the mite drop, both in the effectiveness of the treatment, and the infestation of mites.  This is a situation that I’m afraid we will have to contend with.                                                    


Best way to control Varroa mites

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Here is a link to an article about a study done in England in which varorized oxalic acid was determined to be the most effective method for controlling Varroa mites in honeybee colonies:

Here is a quote from the article:

“It is almost too good to be true that sublimation, the best method for killing Varroa with oxalic acid, also has no harmful effects on the bees, and is the quickest to apply. 

President's Letter October 2015

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Hello to All,

Well, things are finally winding down.  A few remaining supers to be extracted, final feedings, medications to be removed and mouse guards to be placed.  Maybe some repair work to be addressed and then to settle in to read over the winter.  And one last club meeting to look forward to before the end of the year.

As usual, we will be meeting on the third Thursday of the month, November 19 at the Good Zoo, starting at 7:00 pm.  Not to worry, Thanksgiving is the following Thursday.  Thanksgiving??  Already??  Yesterday was Labor Day wasn’t it??


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