Intermediate Beekeeping March 6
Get a good start as a beekeeper in El Dorado County. Our classes teach local beekeeping –– the things that work here –– to help you succeed. Take advantage of your member discount (logon first), check out our classes and sign up today!
2021 membership drive continues
Our 2021 club membership drive is off and running. We have a great year planned: a full-flight of classes, bees for sale and monthly meetings with an expanded selection of speakers from across the nation. Class discounts, buying bees and the swarm hotline are some of the great member benefits. If you're a current member and want to renew, make sure you're logged onto the website before clicking the "Join Now" button. That way your information and password from last year will reactivate.
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Join us Sunday, Feb. 14 for Dw Schoenthal
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February 14, 4 - 6 pm
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Finding, opening and removing bees from structures
Have you ever wondered how to get bees out of a house wall or chimney? Learn how it's done by local expert Daniel Schoenthal.
Dw (as most beeks call him) runs BlueGreenHorizons, a Honeybee Rescue in Northern California. They specialize in complicated bee removals such as cut outs and trap outs, along with feral swarm collection. Daniel is also very active on Facebook answering beekeepers’ questions openly, giving tips and helpful advice.
Hive registration reminder
Visit our Resources page to register with BeeWhere, the statewide website for hive registration. This is a yearly requirement for all beekeepers, plus there's no fee for El Dorado County beekeepers. BeeWhere is a great resource, bringing beekeepers and pesticide applicators together to protect bees.
Mite wash alternatives for alcohol
Running low on alcohol for mite washes? Randy Oliver recommends using Dawn Ultra detergent, "It works very well for mite washes and is on par with 91% isopropyl, better than 70% isopropyl, and much better than windshield fluid."
To use, dilute to 1-2 T per gallon of water. A weaker solution is less efficacious and there is no benefit to making it stronger. Allow the bees to soak in the solution for a full minute before agitation, by which time most of the mites will have dropped to the bottom of their own accord. Final agitation should be a swirl action, with no up and down shaking. Little agitation is required for basic mite monitoring.
Brood rearing is upon us. Having some pollen patties on hand is always a good idea should you need them. The club has pollen patties for sale, $3 each. Placerville area, contact John Havicon at 916.996.8371, or for the Cameron Park area, contact Bernie Ruiz at 916.719.6708.
"See" everyone February 14 Zoom!
Bee well and bee safe!