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The "Buzz" at the Lodge at Otter Creek

Several weeks ago we were contacted by Sara Wool from The Lodge at Otter Creek, a Bee-11-300x225senior living community in Middlebury. She wanted to know if anyone might be interested in establishing a small bee yard on their property as a possible learning experience for the community's residents.

VBA member John Mailloux followed up and will be providing a community demonstration on May 22nd. You can read about it (and the "Vermont Hive") on the Lodge at Otter Creek's blog.

Mite Away Quick Strip FAQs

Vermont State Apiculturist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. sends along this information about Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQ) as a follow-up to the announcement about approval for use in Vermont.

MAQS has been in the marketplace in Hawaii for 18 month, and now parts of the mainland US for 2 months. There has been a lot of interest and many phone calls. Here is a Top-10 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list for MAQS:


Pollen Research Assistance

Leif Richardson writes to us:

"I am a PhD student at Dartmouth College, where I work on plant-pollinator interactions, particularly pollination stuff with bumblebees.

"I am doing an experiment this year in which I hope to induce many bumblebee queens to nest indoors in artificial nest boxes, then move these colonies to particular sites in order to artificially increase the density of pollen-collecting flower visitors.


Mite Away Quick Strips Approved for VT

State Apiculturist Steve Parise sends this news:

“The NOD Apiaries product MAQS (Mite Away Quick Strips) are now approved for use in VT.  Please read and follow all label directions and precautions. MannLakeis shipping the product intoVermont, and other companies should begin to offer the product soon, if not already.  There are a couple of big advantages for this product.  First, it can be used even during a honey flow, without removing supers; and second, the bees chew up the “strips”, so no need to re-open the hives to remove the treatment, as with the former Mite-Away pads.”