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MONTHLY MEETING INFORMATION:  The Outer Banks BeeKeeper’s Guild meets the second Wednesday of each month.  Our home base is the Kill Devil Hills Library’s meeting room; however, meeting locations may change according to programming, so be sure to check this site for updates or “subscribe” for our posts below.  Show up anytime after 6:30 p.m. to socialize, and we’ll begin at 7:00 p.m.  If you arrive after the Library has locked their front door at 7:00 p.m., follow the sidewalk on the left side of the building around to the back door. If you would like to participate in the raffle, bring a little cash for ticket donation and/or any items to be raffled (do not have to be bee-related).  The raffle is usually held at the end of most meetings.

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This information comes via our member Fountain Odom:
apple a dayDenise, This is a good health supplements store! I have done business with them for several years!
They would like to buy local honey so they can sell it along with their other products!
They are located in the Seagate North Shopping Center. 3105 N Croatan Hwy. MP 5.5 Kill Devil Hills
Melissa Monroe runs the family business.
Please let our local beekeeper members know we have a good place to sell if anyone is interested.

Nucleus Hive Wanted

Posted by on April 28, 2016
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nuc hiveI received this email today…
“Hi Denise
I am a beekeeper in Florida traveling to Nags Head to visit a son and take him an observation hive. Rather than traveling with a hive from here to there I would like help contacting a local beekeeper that would sell me a “4 frame Nuke”.  If you know one or more who would be able to do that I would appreciate your sending their contact information in a reply or you can give them my phone number 352-949-0743 to call me. Please let me know you received this email. Thanks, Bruce Wilson”
I then spoke with Mr. Wilson on the phone to get more details, and he is wanting to purchase 4 DEEP frames containing everything that you would find in a nuc (nucleus) hive… A laying queen, open brood, capped brood, pollen and nectar.  He would need it in a couple of weeks.
He did not specify a price… HE said it would be worth it to him to not have to transport bees all the way from Florida to Nags Head in the back of a pickup truck.  He plans to install an observation hive in his son’s house in Nags Head, and these frames will go under glass.  I told him I know nuc prices started in the $175 range this year, and he said he would pretty much pay whatever someone reasonably wanted.
If you run deeps in your brood box and are needing or planning to make a split soon, please consider his offer to purchase it from you, and give him a call!
Denise Deacon

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Swarm List

Posted by on April 24, 2016
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Below is our current “Swarm List,” with names (drawn from a hat at the last meeting in random order) added to the prior list.  Should the Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild receive any calls from the public regarding swarms needing retrieval, I will go down this list each time to find the first available member to go after it.  If you are not available when I call, you still retain your place on the list until you retrieve one.  (You are, of course, welcome to catch any and all swarms you are made personally aware of through your own connections!)

SwarmBill Farrell
Randy Owens
Bill Winstead
Leary Sink
Drew Owens
Hugh Taylor
Deb Lawson
Steve Brook
Julie Moye
Ted Moseley
Dave Schuster
Dorothy Morris
Melanie Cahoon
Susan Rollason
Don Babin
Dee Shepard

If you are not on the list but would like to be, please let me know!

Denise 772-3118

(P.S.  I consulted my crystal ball and predict that when this weather finally breaks early next week there will be a flurry of swarms taking flight!!)

Following up from our last meeting discussion, I called Dare County Mosquito Control to get more mosquito spraying info.:
To get on the Dare County “No Spray – Bee Hive” list, call Mac Gray at 252-216-8006 and give him your address.
Dare County plans to begin spraying the week after next.
The chemical they use is called Aqua Reslin at a rate of 1 part chemical to 7 parts water, distributed at 7 oz. per minute.  After a quick search online for Aqua Reslin, one thing I did discover was that if you provide a water source for your bees (such as a bird bath, etc., not relying in nearby wetlands and such), make sure to refill with clean water right away.
If you are on the “No Spray for Bees” list, they are supposed to turn off the chemical sprayer so that you retain a 600′ radius.  (Their regular “no spray” list retains a 300′ radius.)  You will continue to hear the motor run, which can be deceiving, but the chemical should not be spraying.
Dare County currently has no plans to spray any more than usual unless there is a confirmed case of Zika virus in the county.
The drivers are not supposed to spray during daytime hours… He said they did have a problem down south last year with one of the drivers, and have rectified that problem.
Last year we discussed a group order for reflective “no spraying” signs to aid in identification for their drivers, though we did not pursue to purchase.  I will try to get more info together before the May gathering.
Mac has offered to come to our May meeting, and I have taken him up on it!  Please feel free to call him Monday thru Friday to make sure you are on (or to get on) the No Spray Bee List, even if you have not yet received your bees, and ponder any other questions you might have for him to ask him at the meeting.
As for aerial spraying, (which usually only happens after a major weather event or in areas of agricultural development) here are two links I found with info on protecting hives:
Denise Deacon

KidsFest 2016

Posted by on April 24, 2016
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One of our objectives as the Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild is to provide the community with information about the enormous benefits of honey bees & pollinators…

A great opportunity to participate is during the annual KidsFest!

Every year over 1000 local children (age range 6 and under) come to the outdoor festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo to partake in fun learning activities. The Guild plans to have an activity booth at the festival, and would love for you to join us!

Please mark your calendar now for Friday, May 13, from 9:30 until 12:30. More details to follow as the date gets closer!

Denise Deacon

If you haven’t seen it already, go the NCSBA web site and take look at the bottom of the Home Page.
We are doing Mini Quizzes with question from our bank of the Certified, Journeyman, and Master Beekeeper test.  These are actual questions, so take a look.
If you have been there already, and have taken the quiz, go back on the 30th and try the new questions.  We will be updating the quizzes monthly, so keep checking.
We will be adding a few challenging game in the future, to help you with learning more about beekeeping and getting ready as you prepare for the next level of testing in the Master Beekeeper Program.
Hopefully, we will you in New Bern.  Test will be issued all three days. So make plans to come visit us.
Paul Newbold  

Paul Newbold
Chairman, Master Beekeeper Committee

Need a Mentor?

Posted by on April 13, 2016
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Exciting times coming!  Spring… New packages & nucs arriving soon!

If there is anyone who is receiving new bees and would like some help with installing and/or advice, etc., but does not yet have a mentor close by, please email, text or call me and we will do our best to find assistance and/or a mentor for you!

Along those lines, if you already are a beekeeper and would like help, give a shout-out as well!

Denise Deacon

Bee Informed Survey

Posted by on April 13, 2016
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Dear Beekeeper,

We need you!  We know it is one of the busiest times of the year for beekeepers and we thank you for taking valuable time from your colonies to participate in the National Colony Loss and Management Survey created by the Bee Informed Partnership and sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Please go to our online survey at      and complete the survey there.  It will be live on April 1st and close on April 30th.  Please do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey conducted 10 years ago. Now we monitor summer losses as well. Last year, for the first time in the history of this survey, beekeepers reported higher losses in the summer than in the winter. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. The two surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony losses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed. We are also thrilled to release our Best Management Practices in the next few months. Please check back on our website soon for those exciting results!

Some of you may be contacted independently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA to participate in their first quarterly colony loss survey. We encourage all beekeepers contacted by NASS to answer both BIP and NASS surveys. But we need your responses!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  Once again thank you for your participation.

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp
President, Bee Informed Partnership, Inc.

University of Maryland

Karen Rennich
Executive Director, Bee Informed Partnership, Inc.

University of Maryland
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Ortho Phases Out Neonics

Posted by on April 13, 2016
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Courtesy of member Dalton Hyde, this link pertains to Ortho committing to phasing out neonicotinoids…