Montgomery County, North Carolina
When do we meet?
Montgomery County NC Beekeepers meet on the third Thursday of each month except July and December at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room of Montgomery Community College, 1011 page St, Troy NC.
Whats going on in our hives right now?!
Does your brood pattern look like this?
See anything odd for January 18th on this frame?
Do your bees have enough food to hold them till Spring?
Want to see what your area looks like from your bee perspective? Try the Beescape tool. It will tell you how your area is for your bees!!
What is the new vaccine for American Foulbrood?
Read about it here!!!
Have you read about the advantages of sunflowers and Varroa? To learn, just click the sunflowers!
Ruppert's monthly calander of beelievable events
If not in area of significant cotton bloom, harvest remaining desired honey by mid-month to keep bees from eating it.
Nectar dearth in most areas; may need to feed carbohydrates (1:2 sugar:water, or honey water) Pest control is critical this month: hive beetle populations are peaking, varroa mites are nearing their
peak populations, some factors increase risk of damage from wax moth larvae, and yellow jackets/ hornets tend to be plentiful. Careful assessment of queen performance---this month is usually last chance to replace queens until the
following spring. Can still make late-season splits early in August if using mated queens. Keep water available for bees constantly. Be prepared for ”badly behaving bees”: because nectar flow is so scarce, bees may become more
defensive and more likely to rob other hives; install robbing screens or entrance reducers (but be aware of need for ventilation), and keep hive inspections as brief as possible. Completing honey harvest + decrease in queen’s egg-laying = extra empty supers of drawn comb; store
them using method that prevents damage from wax moth larvae (freezing, keeping open to light/ventilation, using paradichlorobenzene [PDB] crystals).
Do you need help with a swarm or Honeybees in your house?
Contact the North Carolina extension office who has a list of experienced beekeepers who can help.
Have a question for beekeepers?
Send a question through Facebook.
Honeybee Health Coalition
Online beekeeping higher learning
MCC Beekeeping course
Want to get a great start in beekeeping?
Join our own NC State Apiary Inspectors begining Beekeeping class!!
What’s blooming Montgomery County?!?
Here’s some of what we’re seeing that the honeybees forage for pollen and/or nectar
For the bees! Try to have something blooming at least for the dearth. Whether in pots or in plots, garden beds, or by the roadside…they’ll find it!
What’s blooming in your neck of the woods in Montgomery County?
Let us know!
“Honeybees don't read the books.”
Yea, me too.