See links above for beekeeping articles, PowerPoint presentations, & websites.
Below: links to forms & site pages to help you set up an apiary & choose beekeeping equipment; hive package bees; inspect your bees; test for diseases & parasites; remove honey supers without harming bees; extract honey; address fall management issues; over-winter your bees; protect your bees from yellow jackets; register your hives; monitor bees for tracheal mites; use WSU's diagnostic lab service; and more.
Getting Started with Bees: click here for tips on apiary set-up & needed equipment.
Hiving Package Bees: click here for a step-by-step hiving process.
Feeding Bees: Many beekeepers feed bees a sugar/water mix in fall and in spring to help strengthen colonies during times of nectar dearth. For a how-to on making sugar/water mix and adding medications, click here. For a table of volume measures for bee feeding, click here.
For scientific information about Varroa mites, Nosema, & tracheal mites, click here to visit our Bees in the News pages. For additional information about Tracheal Mites, click on these handouts, courtesy of LCBA member Renzy Davenport: Tracheal Mites Life Cycle & Tracheal Mite Treatments
Removing Honey Supers: for an overview of the 4 major methods for removing supers with minimal harm to your bees, click here.
Protecting Honey Bees Against Yellowjackets: click here for a WSU PDF that explains methods for trapping yellow jackets, including a design for making your own traps.
Fall Management of Bees: for an overview of things to do in fall to help your bees prepare for winter, click here.
OVER-WINTERING BEES: click here for an overview & slideshow.
Click here for a very helpful article about over-wintering from the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research & Extension Consortium.
Click here to download a PDF file of MAAREC's excellent handbook, Beekeeping Basics.
2016 WSDA APIARY REGISTRATION FORM:
For a PDF file of this form, click here, or visit the URL below. The late Jim Bach, former Washington State apiarist, noted that the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Apiary Advisory Committee annually recommends funding specific research into honey bee health from hive registration fees. Jim urged that “[t]his is one way that beekeepers across the state can voluntarily contribute to bee research and can feel they are getting something for their fees. Bee registration is required by state statute but is not enforced, giving beekeepers the choice to support their interests and industry by paying the fees.”
1-5 colonies $ 5.00
6-25 colonies 10.00
26-100 colonies 25.00
101-300 colonies 50.00
Over 300: see the URL above.
LCBA IS ON FACEBOOK!
Take a look, post information, links, photos, or simply “Like” us on Facebook! This is a great opportunity to post questions and get (relatively) quick answers. Just put "Lewis County Beekeepers Association" in your Facebook browser.