El Dorado Beekeepers

  • pollen laden bees
  • children viewing bees in observation hive
  • swarm cells
  • uncapping honey frame
  • Beginners with Bees class participants

Over-Wintering Your Hives and Winter Preparation.

Join us at our monthly meeting, Sunday, October 8 4-6 pm

Cameron Park Community Center Social Room  |  2502 Country Club Dr  |  Cameron Park

Winter Preparation:  It is time to make our winter preparations. We say goodbye to summer and complete our honey harvests. Those towers of honey supers come off and we get smaller for winter. Join us and a panel consisting of Keith Scott, Jim Guilliams and the commercial perspective provided by Eric Oliver. Between all the panel members there is an accumulation of knowledge gained from keeping bees at all elevations of our club area. We will have open discussion on as many aspects of overwintering as possible. No host dinner follows the meeting. Location TBD.

EDB Apiary Open Days

Our club open apiary days are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month.

EDB Apiary 6699 Campus Drive Placerville CA

Come on out to the EDB apiary on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. At the apiary you will be able to get your hands on some bees and work with them in their environment. You will see how to conduct inspections, monitor for mites, and apply treatments if necessary. Bee suits are mandatory. Non-members are welcome too. This is a good opportunity for new beekeepers to see what is needed before jumping in. Hope to see you there!

Operator ID #

Now required to buy ALL Varroa miticides. California is now enforcing a law requiring proof of an Operator ID # to purchase ALL miticides like FormicPro, MAQS, Apiguard, HopGuard and Apivar, regardless of quantity. Mann Lake and Dadant won't sell to you without it. No fee is required to get the number. Act now!

Step 1
Call El Dorado County Department of Ag.

Step 2
Ask to speak to CJ Seado or Shae Thurber
Request Application

Step 3
Return application to CJ Seado or Shae Thurer
Make Appointment
The County is required to read information and review the process with you in person.

Call today. Don't let your mites go untreated!

Remember to register your hives.

To register, visit our Resources page and click on the "register your hives" button in the lefthand sidebar to register with BeeWhere, the statewide website for hive registration. This is a yearly requirement for all beekeepers, plus the fee has been waived for El Dorado County beekeepers. BeeWhere is a great resource, bringing beekeepers and pesticide applicators together to protect bees.

Questions about your bees? Try our Facebook group!

If you can't figure out what the heck's going on in that hive, ask our Facebook group, where club members post questions, answers, and many opinions. You can also post photos of your beekeeping successes!

Hungry Bees?

It's a good idea to have pollen patties on hand, so you have them when necessary. The club has pollen patties for sale, $4 each. Placerville area, contact John Havicon at 916.996.8371, or for the Cameron Park area, contact Bernie Ruzicka at 916.719.6708. They are also available at our club meetings.

Join us for the next meeting, Sunday, October 8, 4-6 at the Cameron Park Community Center Social Room, Cameron Park.

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