Cascade Venom Collection – AKA The Bee Man

In late summer we all see a lot more yellow jacket, hornet and wasp activity.

The OBA does not provide removal services for anything other than honey bees.

If you need help identifying, then removing anything else, and you have not sprayed the offending insects, then you can call Cascade Venom Collection for free removal. Remember that in your time of greatest need, so too are there others with exact same problem. Therefore do not expect for this to be an instant fix.

For contact details go to their web site:

The web site has a fantastic guide to help you identify whatever it is you may have.

Northern Giant Hornets (AKA Murder Hornets)

We had the pleasure of hosting, Cassie Cichorz from Washington Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection-Pest Program for an update on the Northern (Asian) Giant Hornet. 

Recently given the common name “Northern Giant Hornet”, they are currently only reported in Northern Washington State, however could theoretically hitch hike to our area.

For more information visit the WSDA web site. You will find reporting tools, identification photos, instructions on what to do if you find one (don’t kill it, they capture and track them using a radio antenna).

OBA Members Group

The OBA started its own private, members only Facebook Group during the pandemic. It is called “OBA Members”. The only way you get to be a member is to be paid up for the year.

It is not the same as the “Olympia Beekeepers Discussion” Group. This is run administrated by a local beekeeper, and is open to members and the general public.

Survivor Queen Producers

The Association is often asked for sources of queens. Here is a partial list. You can always ask if someone in the association is breeding any too.

Sam Comfort  –  Northern NY

Native Pollinators Study Group

Where? Traditions Cafe, 5th and Water St, downtown Olympia
When? Monday Oct 24, 7 pm

Pollinators play a significant role in successful crop production.

Research suggests that native pollinators are responsible for a larger percentage of crop success than had long been supposed.

Modern agricultural practices can disrupt native pollinator reproduction. Eli Bloom, a WSU PhD candidate, has been researching pollinator abundance on local organic farms, as well as practical solutions open to organic agriculture. Tonight Eli will present his preliminary results to our program.

Join us 4th Monday most months at Traditions, 7 p.m.