In Memory of
June Club Meeting
Saturday, June 16, 2018
John Holmes Apiary
41 Central School Rd., Wantage, NJ
This month’s meeting will be a field meeting on Saturday, June 16, held at club member John Holmes’s house – 41 Central School Rd, Wantage. (John and his wife graciously offered their bee yard for our get together, and we appreciate it).
The meet will be “weather permitting“, so keep an eye on your email if the weather appears threatening. Bring a comfortable chair and a “pot luck” dish to share.
The plan is to demonstrate basic hive inspections, and most importantly mite checks. All of us should be comfortable performing this task and understand when to treat your girls. Also, there will be a smoker contest with prizes awarded for the smoker that stays lit the longest! Meeting will start at 10:30 and end about 1:00.
2nd June Club Meeting
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Sussex County Fairgrounds
At the suggestion of Jonathan Rose, club member and Sussex County Freeholder Director, we have invited Paige Lockburner, SREHS (Senior Regional Environmental Health Specialist) from the Sussex County Mosquito Commission to speak on a topic of importance to all of us- “Mosquito Control and Honeybees- Integrated Pest Management”
Monthly Beekeeping Checklist
Beekeeping in June
June is the month to plan for extracting honey and for treating for Varroa in July
- How are you going to harvest your honey ? Do you have an extractor and uncapping tank ? Can you reserve one through your local branch of the NJBA ? Are yu going to buy one ? Do you have jars ? What sizes are you going to use ?
- wax moths and hive beetles. Combs must be at least 2/3 capped off to be cured. ie. the bees have evaporated excess moisture. Take off surplus honey but leave at least 40 to 60 lbs. for feeding during the summer dry season. Put extracted supers back on colonies, over the inner cover (with half-moon entrance facing the hive), to protect them from
- Always extract in a bee-proof room to prevent robbing.
- It’s best to extract the day you remove the honey supers to prevent problems from hive beetles, wax moths and moisture in the honey.
- Make sure you check the brood nest for signs of AFB or EFB before you pull honey supers. If you think you have one of these diseases, have the state apiarist confirm it. Extract that honey last to avoid contamination of healthy colonies via the extractor. When you pull honey from diseased or suspicious colonies, always put those supers back on the same colonies, then treat diseased or suspicious colonies, always put those supers back on the same colonies, then treat for the disease. The state apiarist (609-462-7820) is a god resource for which treatment to use.
- You may see bees hanging out on the front of the hive during the day and well into the evening. This is called “bearding”, and is a normal behavior used to help cool the colony.
- Inspect your hive periodically to ensure the queen is laying well. Look for eggs in cells and a good amount of larvae and capped brood.
- Maintain a water source near your hives, keeping it filled and clean.
- Varroa: Now is the itme to decide what you will use to control Varroa mites. Treatments should be on hand and ready to use when honey supers are removed and weather conditions are correct, usually in July or August. Treatments that work well are Apiguard®, Api-Life VAR®, Apivar® or MAQS® (Mite Away Quick Strips), although none of these are 100% effective. Follow the directions closely and recheck colonies after treatment. Check the treatment by doin an alcohol wash. See directions for doing an alcohol wash online or call the state apiarist.
2018 Honey Queen Program
Dear SCBA Members,
For questions, please contact Dan Perez, program coordinator, at (201) 303-6209
Bees in The News
Good News for American honeybees
It comes as welcome news that the number of domesticated U.S. honeybee hives has risen so far in 2017, according to a new survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There were 2.89 million commercial honeybee colonies in the U.S. as of April 1, 2017, the USDA reports this week, a rise of 3 percent from a year earlier.
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Interested in Joining the Sussex County Beekeepers Association?
Some of the many benefits are:
- Automatic membership in the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
- Access to a large network of experienced Beekeepers willing to help you succeed as a beekeeper.
- Use of the extensive SCBA lending Library.
- Opportunity to participate in club purchases.
- Invitation to join in on many SCBA sponsored educational and social events.
For more information Email Info@scba.club
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The Sussex County Beekeepers association is a Branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.
Our mission is to:
* Promote and Support all aspects of beekeeping in New Jersey.
*Educate the General public about the benefits and importance of beekeeping.
*Dispel myths and misinformation concerning the honey bee.
*Inform and educate the general public concerning the honey bee and the beekeeping industry.
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