January’s Meeting: Bee Sting Allergy

Our first meeting of the New Year featured an informative and fact filled presentation by Dr. Mark Anthony Powers on how to evaluate the seriousness of a bee sting and how to ascertain the most suitable treatment. Dr. Powers is Associate Professor Emeritus of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Duke University and he is a NC Certified Journeyman Beekeeper. His presentation is based of a recent article published in the December 2018 issue of the American Bee Journal, Vol. 158 No.12 pp. 1327-1331. A PDF of Dr. Powers presentation entitled Bee Sting Allergy What You Need to Know is available for download HERE .

Protecting Beehives During Hurricanes & Spray for Mosquito

Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU, Professor and Extension Specialist (Apiculture) has provided this article Protective Measures of Beehives During Hurricanes and makes the following recommendations:

*Strap down the lid and hive components if they’re not propolized.
*Reduce hive wind profile by removing unnecessary boxes (feeders, for example).
*Hives should be at ground level or on sturdy stands. Be sure solid bottom boards are tilted to let rain out.
*Are your hives in danger of limbs or trees falling on them? Consider relocating hives.
*Move hives from low-lying areas if there’s a flooding danger; bees will drown.
*Register your hives at DriftWatch so you’ll be notified if spraying for mosquitos commences.

Thanks are due to Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center for providing the above links and to Jason Williams,
Pesticide Operations Specialist, NCDA&CS – SPCAP for the following link to “Bee” Kind if You Spray for Mosquitoes” authored by Dr. Michael Waldvogel, Extension Specialist (Household & Structural Entomology), Entomology & Plant Pathology – NC State University.

Instructional Beekeeping Videos

The Honey Bee Research Center at The University of Guelph located in Ontario, Canada produced 32 How-To Videos during 2016. They are excellent. You may watch these videos on their website HERE or select them from Youtube HERE. ENJOY!

The Honey Bee Research Center maintains populations of a hybrid strain of honey bees known as Buckfast bees. This is a man-made bee race and is a cross of many strains of bees, developed by Karl Kehrle, also known as Brother Adam, who was in charge of beekeeping from 1919 to about 1995 at Buckfast Abbey in Devon in the United Kingdom, where the bees are still bred today. Notes about the different types of Honey Bees, including Buckfast, are discussed in Beekeeping Notes 1.12 from NC State.

New OSU Bee Lab Varroa Mite Webinar

The Bee Lab at The Ohio State University has made available a Webinar entitledMite Check: Using Beekeeper Citizen Science to Transmit Bee Health Information, Not Varroa destructorby Becky Masterman, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Bee Squad Associate Director. A PDF handout is also available for download here.

On the above webpage under “UMN Bee Lab” find the following:
  Pest Manual PDF, UMN
  Varroa mite test kit, UMN
   Powdered Sugar Roll instruction sheet, UMN 
And links to Honey Bee Health Coalition and Varroa management links, OSU Bee Lab are also posted.

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Entomology Bee Lab has also posted videos with the following video titles:
 Hiving Bees in Rain and Sleet
 Looking into a New Colony
 Looking at a Frame
 Adding a Brood Box
 Adding a Second Super
 Working Bees Without Gloves
 A Few Words about Comb
 On Frames and Foundation
 Finding the Queen