Meeting called to order at 7:05 by VP Bob Grabacz
Approximately 60 attendees – 4 newbees
Membership renewal time is now – $10 for BANV and $10 if you wish to join VSBA
Outreach events coming up – need volunteers – contact Martha Kiene
Celebrate Fairfax – June 7,8 10-6pm – donate a few hours and if any one has observation hive it would be most welcome!
Outreach events are listed on the BANV web site
Arlington Co Fair – Aug 8-10
Larry Kelly and Dane will be in charge of Arlington Co Fair – need people to work -
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitney Long noted that there will more honey judging categories this year – one for flavor only and one for beautiful frames of honey – check to see if other members
may have frame case you can borrow
Paul – Arlington Adult Ed class coming up – will confirm date
Items of Note and Announcements:
Speaker: Izzy Hill – DIY nematodes for Small Hive Beetle Control
June speaker will Frank Linton on Observation Hives
Michael Horowit offered that when attaching comb back to frame – especially for
top bar hives – using masking tape works well as it last while the bees reattach and
then the chew through the tape, removing it.
Roger Wilhelm offered insulated boxes fro free to members.
John Ferree offered 10 frame metal covers for telescoping lids – 15 were available
Whitney Long – Richmond Beekeepers Association – June 27th
Reyah Carlson – apitherapist speaking at Science Museum of Virginia
Brenda Kiessling – VSBA meeting is June 13,14 in Lynchburg. Speakers of note –
Steve Rapasky from Berg Bees – wrote Swam Essentials and Jaime Ellis from U of FL
– a ABJ contributor. Also will be a Bayer Bee Center rep.
Eastern Apiculture Society mtg will be July 28- Aug 1 in Richmond, Kentucky
Tom Greiner offered that silver maple makes good fuel for smokers – burns fast but
makes cool smoke
Test questions: Rob McKinney offered 2 questions for discussion from bee keepers test
Beginner – what is the difference between top and bottom supering and when
would each method be appropriate
Intermediate – when should honey be removed from a hive and how can you tell if it
Summer Hive Management – June Activities
Take time to improve ventilation –
• open the entrance
• sticks to prop up lid
• screen board with post at corners to prop open lid (between inner and outer
lids) – keeps unwanted visitors out
• use quilt box from Warre hive method
Speaker – Izzy Hill on DIY Nematode Rearing for SHB control
Center for Urban Bee research and Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and
Izzy gave a fascinating talk on how to raise your own nematodes and participate in
on going research. Research is focused on Heterorhabditis indica nematode which occurs naturally all
over North America. HI do not affect any plants or animals – just grubs – especially SHB larvae.
The nematode infects the larvae with a symbiotic bacteria that actually does the work of killing the larvae.
Nematodes are easy to raise – just need to have clean containers and best to use distilled water.
Izzy will make her slides available with detailed instructions if you send email to email@example.com.
Izzy provided SHB testing boards and nematodes to research participants.
Meeting adjourned at 8:24pm