November 2016 Minutes

The Northern Neck Beekeepers Club met on November 14th at Stephen’s Church in Heathsville, VA. President John Olivier called the meeting to order at 7pm.

The October minutes were approved. Treasurer Dave Holt gave the financial report, which was approved. See attachment.


New Financial business: It was decided that reimbursement would be made to Chuck for Apivar and jars for honey used at Stratford Hall.


Education Report:

*We are in search of the education material that is used for handouts. We also have Brushy Mt. Posters that were used for education that are missing. We will talk with Ted to see if he knows where the materials are.


*Honey Board in Colorado has education brochures for free. The club only needs to pay $10 for shipping.


*2017 Bee Keeping Course: Flyers have been sent out. The course will be from February 3rd to April 3rd with a cost of $100. The class will be held on Monday nights for 8 weeks from 7pm to 9pm.

Mentoring is a very important part of the program and we need more volunteers to step up as mentors. Serving as a mentor also is a great benefit to the mentor.

All bee club members are welcomed and encouraged to any of the classes.


The VSBK meeting was on November 5th Weyers Cave, VA. Mike Church and Jim Elkins attended and Mike discussed some the important presentations from the meeting.


* Dr. Traines and husband did a presentation on the science and math of the Verora mites. They looked at how fast the mite count goes up in May. They also looked at the mites under the capping. Key element was stressed to work toward Veroa sensitive hives.


*They had another presentation on the technology side. They watched bees through thermo imaging during the winter.


Mike also brought up that the Best Management Practices Limited Liability Program is out this month. An area of controversy is over the issue of requeening.

First item is to evaluate a swarm. If necessary then requeen, but if you have success you don’t need to.

BMP did not talk about the limited liability of the products of your hive.


The spring meeting is a very good meeting to attend with good speakers and excellent sources of information for beekeepers.


A question was brought up if African Bees are still spreading North. There have been no new established colonies in the last couple years. It was also discussed that

if you have a hive of really bad bees, it should be gotten rid of. To do so, it should be done at night in the summer when the drones are in the hive as they carry the aggressive genetics. Use ¼ cup Dawn dish detergent to 1 gallon water and spray the hive.


Next item discussed was a new law that will go into effect on January 1 that veterinarians will have to prescribe medicine for American Foul Brood. That vet will have to have “relationship” with the bees to be able to prescribe. (Go figure.)


John Oliver discussed and gave a demonstration on the use of Oxalic acid. Treatment takes twenty one days altogether. You go in and treat every 5 to 7 days to get rid of the mites. Try to finish the treatments in December when there is little brood. Make sure you take the honey supers off. When you do the treatment you should be wearing safety equipment. You need a mask too and a regular carpenter’s mask will do. Two weeks after treatment check the mite count.

The Oxalic acid does not harm the bees.

It was suggested that John hold a workshop in the Spring to demonstrate how to make the tool to deliver the oxalic acid to the hive. This is hopefully being considered.


Next item: use Rustoleum Never Wet paint on bottom boards to help prevent small hive beetles. There is a video on YouTube demonstrating this.


Vermont Queen Report: The success rate has not been good for the Northern Neck Beekeepers. Gateway had much better success.


The next meeting will be held on December 12th at St. Stephen’s Church, Heathsville , VA at 7pm. We will have the annual Christmas Potluck Dinner. Mary Yordy will send out an email to everyone to sign up for the dish you will bring.



The meeting adjourned at 8:45.


Thanks go out to Nancy Burgess who provided sugar to bee club members after the meeting.

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