17732 SE 283rd Ave.
Umatilla FL 32784
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We are in the process of changing our E-commerce(shopping cart) provider for our Online Store. We are trying to provide a simpler, better internet shopping experience for our customers. In the coming weeks, you should notice a different look and feel to the Online Store. We are expecting a smooth transition into the new site, however, we all know “ Life Happens”. Should you encounter any issues with the site or the Store, please call the office so that we can get them resolved. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Lake County BeeKeepers Welcomes Special Guest: Dr Jamie Ellis
Everyone is invited to attend
Thursday August 3rd 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8: 30 pm at their monthly meeting held at the Lake County Ag Extension Office 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares, FL 32778
Dr. Ellis is the Gahan Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida's Department of Entomology and Nematology. Dr. Ellis has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research related to honey bees. Regarding his extension work, Dr. Ellis created the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Dr. Ellis supervises Ph.D. and masters students, in addition to offering an online course in apiculture. Dr. Ellis and his team conduct research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination.
Summer is Here!!!
June, July, and August can be a difficult time for beekeepers here in Florida. It’s this time of year that we need to monitor and treat for Varroa Mites, and we may have to supplement our hives with sugar water and pollen patties. This is the critical time that “Management” comes into play. During a honey flow, the bees pretty much take care of themselves. However, during a time of dearth, the real responsibility of being a beekeeper falls on us. We must determine whether or not the bees have sufficient food and pollen reserves, whether our mite levels are at acceptable levels, and then decide the best way to solve any issues. Do we feed sugar water (sucrose), or corn syrup (fructose)? Do we use a pollen substitute, and if so do we feed it dry, or in a patty? If we choose a patty, which recipe do we use? For mites, do we use Chemicals, or Organic methods? This is when it pays to have, and use, good resources such as an experienced mentor, your State Apiary Inspector, and even the Internet (sometimes). In the end, it all comes down to Personal Preference. How do YOU want to manage YOUR hives to meet YOUR intended goals or purpose?
Mite Check Tutorial
Summer is upon us, and this is the critical time of year when the mite population can quickly out number your bee population if it goes unchecked. The most effective way of checking for mites is the Alcohol wash. Yes I know, it requires killing a sample of approximately 300 bees, however this is better than losing an entire hive to mite damage.
Below is a link to a video that explains the process. This particular video is from New Jersey but it gives an accurate explanation of the entire process. Video credit: Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association
Get on the List
As we get into the Summer months, Queen Rearing becomes more difficult. Therefore, we have shut down the Queen Operation for the Summer, and will resume in the Fall. Call for availability, scheduling, or to get on the list for Fall.
A reservation list has also already been started for our Fall Nuc's. If your thinking about ordering, call in today and claim your spot!