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

Bee Study on Neonicotinoids

August 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Current Events

Attached is a link to the latest study on neonics.

http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160816/ncomms12459/full/ncomms12459.html

Nucs

We recently heard from both Kent Williams and Dan O’Hanlon about the benefit of buying nucs to start beekeeping with. The greatest advantage in their option is that you are getting and established hive. But exactly what is a nuc. I’ve always been taught that a nuc is a five frames of bees and brood with an established laying queen. These may be overwintered, Ohio raised queens and bees or spring built nucs that come from Ohio beekeepers. The key is the established queen. I’ve recently been told that some individuals are selling five frames of bees with a queen in a cage. These are not nucs even if they come in five frame equipment. Bees sold like this are just a very expensive package bees. With the demand for bees in the spring, many new beekeepers buy package bees to get started with. Make sure you know the difference in what you buy. Always buy from a respected dealer and if you don’t know, ask around at your local club. Make sure you see and ask for a copy of the inspection certificate, it’s the law in Ohio.