Coweta Beekeepers Association
July 2021 Presidents Message

 
Dear Fellow Beekeepers,
 
Coweta Beekeepers Association
 July 2021 President's Message
 
Dear Fellow Beekeepers,
Happy Fourth of July!  Thank you to all the service men and women present and past who have gone above and beyond protecting our county.
The June Annual Summer Social was a BIG success!  It was a wonderful evening of good food and reconnecting fellowships.  Especially "Thank You" to Dora Scales, Everett Latimore, the Andersons, and of course, my husband, Dave King for assisting with the event. 
The July Coweta Beekeeper Association Membership Meeting on July 12, Monday, is CANCELLED. 
July is "divide and conquer" month.  The "divide" part is making a split if you haven't already in June, to create a new hive.  To make a split, take 2 frames of bee/brood/eggs/honey and the queen placing them in a nuc (5 frame hive) or hive (8 - 10 frames) with additional frames/foundation to fill the nuc or hive.  The original hive will make a new queen. 
The "conquer" part is time to harvest honey! If you don't have an extractor, try the crush and strain method.  It's sticky, but rewarding to bottle your own honey.  Remember to set some honey aside for the October Honey Show. 
The summer is HOT and the bees are HOT!  Make sure there is enough ventilation in your hive by propping the back of the outer cover (top) to exhaust some of the excess heat.  Be sure your bees have a source of water close by to cool the hive.  Don't forget to add a little mineral salts (1/4 - ½ tsp) to the water.  When you are working with your bees, be sure you stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water and take frequent breaks!  
REMINDER - The Georgia Beekeepers Association's Fall Conference is on September 23 - 25, 2021 in Gainesville, GA in person.  For more information visit the Georgia Beekeepers Association website.  Registration will open soon.
The next Coweta Beekeepers Association Meeting is 7 pm on August 9, 2021 at the Coweta Extension Office in person only.  The presenter is one of my favorites, Tom Rearick, a Master Beekeeper, and researcher.  You don't want to miss this interesting presentation!
Debbie King
President

Newnan/Coweta Tornado 
Assistance with Displaced Bees

 
In addition to beekeepers in the area who had hives destroyed by the storm, honey bees naturally live in tree cavities and in structures such as homes and outbuildings.  
 
If you or your cleanup crew find a swarm of bees or a bee hive in a damaged structure, we are here to help.  
 
Please click on Member Services to access our swarm and cutout lists for those able to come in and remove bees.
  • Swarm - bees hanging out on a branch or wall or other area which is open to access and does not have honeycomb built.
  • Cutout - bees who have made comb inside a wall or tree or other structure which require physical cutting away to remove.
 
Alternatively, you may also reach us by contacting Kara Bassett via text at 770.668.6625.  Please provide the following:
  1.     Your name or name of contact person for accessing the property 
  2.     Address where bees are located
  3.     A photo of the AREA where the bees are located
  4.     A CLOSE UP photo of the bees in question (Get as close as possibe, THEN zoom in camera.  Don't be fearful; bees have no interest in stinging you unless you threaten them by swatting at them or disturbing their nest.)
**This information will be distributed to our Facebook group for quick response from our members.**  
 
Response times will vary based on availibility of beekeepers and their work schedules.
 
Swarms are typically removed for free but removing bees from homes and structures which require carpentry skills may incur a cost.  Cutouts require skill, experience, and complete removal of all honeycomb and honey to prevent infestations of pests or reoccurance of bees in the future.  
 
Please stay safe and we are all praying for quick recovery for every family impacted by the storm.
 
 
Kara Bassett
CBA Webmaster
 

Georgia Honey Bee License Plate Is Here!

How do you purchase a Save the Honey Bee license plate now???
 

Apply for a Specialty license plate at your County Tag Office through the same process you use to apply for a standard plate. 

Find your nearest local tag office here ... https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/motor/tagoffices/SelectTagOffice.aspx.
 

We will no longer be accepting payments on the GBA website.

 

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