Walter Johnson of McDowell County. He sells bee boxes and a few supplies. His grandson is working on becoming a master beekeeper.
His Website: HWY226BeeSupplies.com
Notes from my encounter…
- Says swarm season is about over in our area. (End of May).
- He uses symbols on hives-says it helps prevent them from drifting towards the ends. Middle hives loose numbers and get weaker.
- Leaves entrance reducers on all year long, helps defend against moths.
- Shrinks hives down for winter, a big hive area is too hard to defend in winter.
- Puts a solid screen with hole in it under the top screen. Prevents them from trying to propolis over it.
- Uses “all natural mite control strips” in September. Says they really do the trick.
- Saw a really cool paper mâché swarm trap…looked like a tree branch. He said it worked.
- He said that beekeeping used to be simple. You got bees. You kept bees. You always for honey. They never died off like they do now.