Archive for December, 2014

  • Lifetime Membership Awards

    Date: 2014.12.12 | Category: Announcement | Response: 0

    Betty Beegle and Jim Harris Awarded

    Betty Beegle and Jim Harris Awarded

    The Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association is honored to have in our membership two of the best and most knowledgeable beekeepers in the Chattahoochee Valley.  We recognize them for their faithful service, knowledge and willingness to help and teach others, as well as longevity of membership and support of our organization.  Betty Beegle and Jim Harris now each have lifetime memberships in this Association with no further dues.  They both are emeritus board members and were given certificates recognizing their tremendous contribution to the Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association.  Betty and Jim are the first members to ever achieve this status.

  • Bee Sting Therapy – A personal account

    Date: 2014.12.12 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Following is a description of the administration of bee sting therapy written by one of our members.  It is a personal account and the results may be different for other people.  Everyone is unique.  The value here is their very detailed step-by-step description of the process.  If you are researching this topic, you are seeking non-sugarcoated information, which is what this is.  Sharing beekeeping information is what we do.


    How I do Bee Sting Therapy:

    Fear.  It’s gunna hurt.  Oww.  It hurt.  It swelled up.  It itches.  Swelling and itching gone.  WOW!  I am pain free.  I can move my hand and fingers.  I can grip my chef’s knife, firmly.  I am not afraid to pick up a coffee cup with one hand.

    First of all why?  The venom leaves behind anti inflammatory  agents and promotes circulation.

    Step one:  I have six tiny baby food jars with perforated lids assembled in a plastic container. Each jar has a tiny piece of paper towel with water and a drop of honey.  I have curved hemostats ready, too.

    Step two:  I open the telescoping outer cover of the beehive. There are guard bees on the top cover.  I flick one into each jar with the hive tool, and twist on the lid.  I replace the outer cover and take my container with jarred bees away.

    Step three:  I am not brave enough to sting myself, so I take the bees, and meet a friend.  We meet outside, so that if a bee gets away they aren’t in the house, and we can quickly crush the bee on the ground after forcing her to sting.

    Step four:  I show my friend the location that is in pain, and where I think the sting should be placed.  I swap with alcohol.

    Step five:  My friend angles open a jar lid, and, using the curved hemostats, picks up a bee by the abdomen.

    Step six:  My friend places the hiney end (stinger-end) of the bee onto the pained place.  Surprisingly, some bees still don’t sting.  If so, pressing them onto my skin will have the desired effect.

    Step seven:  Yes, it hurts.  We take the bee that has now used its stinger, and put it on the ground, say thank you, and crush her. (She would die anyway after stinging.)

    Step eight:  I cover the sting with an ice pack, and feel free to use some Benadryl.

    What a difference one simple sting can make.  Can we do it on the other hand now?  Nothing left, but to sting my friend, next.

    KB, member CVBA

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