RED RIVER VALLEY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION














President ~ Bennie Watson




IF YOU HAVE A BEE SWARM, CALL
WICHITA COUNTY EXTSION
940-716-5580
CLAY COUNTY
940-538-5042
ARCHER COUNTY
940-574-4914
JACK COUNTY
940-567-2132
WILBARGER COUNTY
940-552-5474
BAYLOR COUNTY
940-889-5581
                             
JEAN BOUCHARD
940-855-5715
Bee Facts
  • Fly up to 10 Miles in search of nectar and pollen
  • Females do all the work & guard the hive
  • Bee's have the most dense brain tissue of any animal
  • Each hive has up to 60,000 bees
  • Bees keep the hive at 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit no matter what the outside temperature.
  • Bees must visit millions of flowers to produce one pound of honey
  • Albert Einstein said “If all the Bees were gone, humans would be gone within 4 years.”
  • Bees use the Sun as a compass
  • Bees are the only insects that produce food consumed by humans
  • Bees fly 500,000 miles to produce one gallon of honey
  • It takes 35 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter
  • 80% of the pollination of the fruits, vegetables and seed crops in the U.S. is accomplished by honeybees
  • Without bees certain plants would not be able to reproduce and would thus become extinct. In turn, this would lead to the disappearance of certain animal species
Honey Facts
  • Honey has been used for centuries as a medicinal dressing for wounds since microbes cannot live in it
  • Honey was the most used medicine in ancient Egypt.
  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
  • Honey is a source of carbohydrates
  • Honey contains a wide array of vitamins & essential minerals
  • Antioxidant compounds in honey are chrysin, pinobanksin, vitamin C, catalase and pinocembrin.
  • Honey never spoils.  Edible honey was found in King Tuts tomb
  • Honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar and contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol
  • Honey contains small amounts of pollen, and honey as an immune system booster, it is quite powerful.
  • Substitute honey for other sweeteners
  • Honey in water makes a healthy sports drink with the honey replacing glycogen levels.
BEE STINGS
Source: Medic8® Family Health Guide


Bee stings are very common & are serious for those who are allergic to them.  When a bee stings you, it leaves the stinger in the skin. The stinger will continue to pump venom into the body for up to 20 ins, so it is important to remove the stinger as quickly as possible.  The sting may be painful for a few hours.  Swelling and itching may persist for a week.

Treatment of bee stings
The first step is removal of the barbed stinger from the skin. The method of removal is less important than the time it takes to remove the stinger.   Use a SCRAPING motion with a credit card or a finger nail to remove the stinger.  Using tweezers may, in fact, squeeze more venom into the body.  Once the barb is removed, an ice pack will help to reduce swelling and   inflammation. The sting will often leave a red, swollen welt on the affected area.

Allergic reaction to bee stings
It is important to check for an allergic reaction to bee stings. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include a raised rash (weals), headache, fever, severe swelling of the face, tongue, and lips, and/or difficulty breathing.   An allergic reaction will usually occur within 1 hour of a sting. Allergic reactions are more common after multiple stings.  Allergic reactions require emergency medical help
if there is collapse and/or difficulty breathing. Treatment of an allergic reaction may involve antihistamines, adrenaline, and tracheostomy (an emergency procedure to create a direct airway into the trachea if the upper airways are blocked).  People with a known allergy to bee stings should wear a warning bracelet and carry an epipen (epinephrine auto injector) for emergency use. Epipens contain adrenaline, can be self administered and are very fast acting.  

All allergic reactions or multiple bee stings require emergency medical attention by a Doctor.  911 emergency.


JERRY BREEDLOVE
940-767-0870
VICE PRESIDENT
C. C. CORBIN
940-569-2760

JAY CULLEY
940-544-2469
ROSCOE DUNN
940-851-6928
JIM EZZELL
940-586-1834
RALPH FILLER
940-855-2271
JOE GILBERT
940-569-0111

JAMES W. GODWIN
940-696-0020
GARY GROSE
580-471-5290
LAWRENCE HARDIN
940-846-3204
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BERNARD HILBERN
940-541-2218
BUDDY HILL
940-538-4837
DOUGLAS HILL
940-636-1357
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SKIP HILL
940-692-0747
WILLIE JONES
940-562-2022
LEE WAYNE MCGUIRE
940-888-3018
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JOHN MICHONSKI
940-592-1901
CHARLES H. PETERS
940-642-8484
DAVID W. POTTER
940-636-3681
SECRETARY TREASURER
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LARRY RODERICK
940-569-2814
BRIAN SISSEL
940-224-1596
RAY SPENCER
940-766-2166
Next Meeting
FEBRUARY 19th
Bolin Science Center ~ MSU Campus
7:00 PM ~ RM 209

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MONTE THACKER
940-592-0219
JOIN RED RIVER VALLEY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
(APPLICATION LINK HERE)
U. F. VEITENHEIMER
940-423-6335
FLOWERS & PLANTS THAT ATTRACT BEES
PAUL WALLACE
940-613-7474
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BENNIE J. WATSON
940-767-0207
PRESIDENT

VIOLA WESTMORELAND
940-322-4907
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