Interesting article!

April 24, 2018 by  
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COBA member, Mike Montgomery, shared the following:


Dr. Meghan Milbrath of MSU sent this out last week. Similar to her excellent work on varroa management, this article is very nicely done.

Just thought you might want to be aware of it.

Update on April General Meeting

April 16, 2018 by  
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In addition to our scholarship winners giving their presentations, listen to Joe Kovaleski share his knowledge of queen raising and other items of interest!

Newsletter articles needed!

March 26, 2018 by  
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We are preparing a newsletter that will be sent out shortly. If you have an article of interest, please forward it to Linda Stoverock ( for inclusion in the newsletter. Hurry! Time is running out.



Ohio Queen Bee supplier

February 3, 2018 by  
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COBA member Mike Montgomery is offering Ohio raised queens for sale.

Zadee’s Bees
Local Ohio Queens
Sunbury, OH

Updated Bee School Schedule

Due to an error, the date for the Saturday Bee School was originally listed as February 17, 2018. The actual date for the all day Saturday Bee School is February 24th, 2018.

Please download the Application form (bee school-2018-reg-2), fill it out and return it to:


2018 Bee School Registration Form

Click on the link to download the 2018 Bee School Notice and Application form:

bee school-2018-reg-2

Support the Sponsors to our Member Appreciation Night

October 20, 2017 by  
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Please support the businesses that contributed to our Member Appreciation Night:

Better Bee
Blue Sky Bee Supply
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
Conrad Hive & Honey
Dadant & Sons
Ernest Conservation Seeds
Honey Bee Healthy
Kelley Bee Keeping Company
Mann Lake Ltd
Mother Lode Products
Natives in Harmony Nursery
Nite Guard, LLC
Plastic Packaging Concepts Inc.
Queen Right Colonies
Rossman Apiaries
Fruit Strength Farm
Strong Microbials Inc
Valley Bee Supply Inc.

Swarms and stuff!

July 1, 2017 by  
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One of our members went to collect a swarm recently, and was somewhat surprised when the insects were not honeybees, but Baldfaced Hornets!

He was able to collect the hornets, and is working to dispose of them. If you’re not familiar with baldfaced hornets, they can destroy a beehive in short order!

In addition to the hornets, we are also getting to that time of year when the yellow jackets are beginning to peak. If you are doing swarms or cutouts, it pays to request a photo of the “honeybees” before you head out to collect them. It is easy to determine honeybees from yellow jackets or hornets or wasps from a photo (and saves your time and fuel!).

When asked about removing yellow jackets or hornets I advise folks to contact an exterminator as I am not trained, nor qualified, nor licensed as an exterminator and cannot legally apply agents to deal with the pests.

Will Merrill

Yellow Jacket traps

January 30, 2017 by  
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If your hive(s) were attacked by yellow jackets last year, consider putting out yellow jacket traps NOW to capture the queens! Eliminating the queens may reduce the number of yellow jackets you see in July and August.

Here is a link to a very good yellow jacket bait, with instructions how to “build” a bottle trap for the bait:

It was given out at the Mid Ohio Valley Beekeepers conference on Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 (a worthwhile conference to attend!) Also, mark your calendar for January 27, 2018 for next year’s MOVBA conference in Parkersburg, WV.



November 5, 2016 by  
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Jamie Ellis presented at the Ohio State Beekeepers Association meeting in Plain City on Saturday, November 5. At the meeting Jamie announced that, contrary to popular belief, the varroa mites do not suck the bee’s “blood”. Rather, they bite the bee and eat the soft tissue at the bite site. This allows infection and other parasites to do their work.

If you were unable to attend the conference, you missed a valuable learning opportunity!

Also, OSBA is offering scholarships to 4-H students interested in beekeeping. Deadline to apply is November 21st. Check out the OSBA website for information (