Swarms and stuff!

July 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Current Events, Hot Items

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
Webmaster

Yellow Jacket traps

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Hot Items

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:

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/home/remove-yellow-jackets-your-yard-without-chemicals

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.

 

Research

November 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

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 (www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org).