1. Where to buy local queens? Ray investigating
2. How to protect frames from wax moths? Freezing for 24 hours, chemicals
3. Is it too late to treat for mites? A little late, but worth a try.
4. Where to look for hive beetles? They like dark places, look on bottom board, in crevices. They are more abundant in shady areas and near orchards. Traps are effective. Still learning about the latest infestations, which seem to be more than bees can manage.
5. Will one box of bees be enough to live through the winter? Try a nuc if population is low.
6. Why does my hive smell like old gym shoes? Goldenrod is blooming now.
Meeting dismissed to participate in hive demonstrations with Bob Pessler.
October 30, 2013
Meeting Minutes November 8, 2013
SWOBA Meeting Notes
November 8, 2013
President Ray Babcock called the meeting to order at 6:37 pm, with 37 members in attendance.
Three new members would like mentors Ray invited present members to volunteer.
Burt Seiller was thanked for his efforts at making SWOBA wear available to members.
Bob Pessler gave a Treasurer’s report. Members unanimously agreed to the annual contribution of $200 to Bee School.
Tentative dates for next year: February 7, March 22 Bee School, April 26 Parky’s, June 28 Green Acres, September 27 Gorman, November 7. These dates and locations are subject to change and or confirmation.
Ray announced that Don Popp has bee equipment for sale.
Ray announced and showed a new website for the Southwest Ohio Beekeeping forum, a yahoo account which will allow members to share news and answer questions among one another. Ray encouraged everyone to sign up.
Optimal status of hives: feeding complete, ventilation system in place, mouse guards in place.
Some suggestions for moisture control: ventilation, not using plastic covers, newspapers on top of frames, straw or other material in a pillow case on top of hive.
Some suggestions for hive beetle control: stay away from orchards, position hives in sunny location, use diatomaceous earth (food grade from feed store, not pool variety), frequent inspection and smashing.
The business meeting was completed at 8:30 so members could examine inventions, supplies and other helps shared by others.
November 17, 2013