Phil’s Speaking & Appearance Schedule

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Also available to speak to non-beekeeping groups.

Updated 3/3/17

March 11th, 2017
All day event

Chester County Beekeeping Conference

Meeting location
West Chester University
720 South Church Street, West Chester, PA 19382

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Phil’s talk topics
(Note: The school offers three tracks of instruction –
beginning, intermediate, and advanced)

Phil’s sessions in the Beginner track:
Bee Biology and behavior introduction
Mites and pests introduction
The beginner beekeepers first season

Phil’s sessions in the intermediate track
Splits the finer points, timing for honey production, swarm control
AFB & other disease updates. Pests, hive beetles

Phil’s session in the advanced track
AFB & other disease updates. Pests – hive beetles – 30min


March 25th, 2017
All day event

2017 Southwest Ohio Beekeeping School
(Event is at capacity – registration CLOSED)

Meeting location
Oasis Conference Center
421 N.W. Riverside Drive
Loveland, Ohio

Phil’s talk topic

March 31st& April 1st, 2017

2017 Big Bee Buzz
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Meeting location

6910 S 101st E Ave
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Phil’s talk topics:

April 21st & 22nd, 2017

Evening Q&A on Friday evening (Also with Dr. Jamie Ellis)
All day event on the 22nd

2017 West Virginia Spring Beekeeping Conference
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Meeting location
Oglebay Resort
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003

Phil’s talk topics:


April 29th, 2017
All day event

Beyond Beginning Beekeeping
Intermediate Beekeeping Seminar

    Meeting location
Boone County Enrichment Center
1915 Burlington Pike
Burlington, Kentucky

             Phil’s talk topics include

  • Honey bee biology & nutrition
  • Common queen problems
  • Varroa mite biology & control
  • Small hive beetle control
  • Wax moth control
  • And more

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7 responses to “

Phil’s Speaking & Appearance Schedule”

  1. I just returned from your talk at the Nelson County Extension Service Office. I want to thank you for you taking the time to give your presentation to our small group. I enjoyed every point you made.

    Phil Heiskell, Bardstown, KY

  2. Thanks for your recent visit to Blount County Tennessee. Your presentation was great.

  3. Louis
    You can use a chemical on the ground around hives to kill the developing beetles as they pupate, but I never have. I have had small beetles in my hives for many years and besides squashing adult beetles when in my hives, I rarely practice any other controls (I do occasionally insert a between the frames type trap in a hive). I keep a close eye on the strength of my hives and combine weak hives with stronger ones. I rarely have a hive overrun with larvae. When I do it is because a hive has gotten weak (often a queenless hive) and I have failed to catch the weak hive in time. I have never had a problem with beetles in a strong hive.
    Watch my front-page. I’ll write a more extensive article on small hive beetles later this spring.

  4. Your talk at Forsyth County Beekeepers Association was in perfect for me. I was having some problems with one of my hives and you helped me solve its problem. It was not producing much brood and I was thinking the queen was not doing here job. But after your talk I looked to see if it might be honey bound as you suggested in your presentation. And sure enough after putting an empty drawn out comb into the hive the queen began laying a nice pattern right away. Thanks

  5. Machell Holbrook

    Thank you so much for coming to West Liberty to speak to our beekeeping association recently! So sorry I had to leave before it was over! Hope you can come again soon.
    Phil, I’m having problems with ants around my hives. Any suggestions on how to get rid of these little pests?

    Thank you so much!


    • Machell

      Sorry for the delay in responding, have been traveling.

      I’ve heard of various home remedies, cinnamon around hives & black walnut leaves in the inner cover. I’ve also heard mixed reviews as to success of these. In my hives I find them to never be more than a minor nuisance. I think the most effective remedy is to restrict their entrance only to the cover, keeping holes in woodenware (or am I the only one with old hive bodies with holes in the corners?) plugged. If you do not have small hive beetles, you could put screen over the inner cover hole, thus preventing them from getting into the hive there. But I typically only find them in the inner cover, where they bother me (they sometimes bite me), but don’t seem to bother the bees. If one has beetles, I would not cut off access to the inner cover since bees will corral the adult beetles there. The other important factor is keeping grass cut short around the hives, this actually helps a lot, but my beeyard often gets a little overgrown.

      Be careful about the use of any ant poison, since anything that kills ants will kill bees. NEVER use anything in the hive. I suppose if you have ant traps the bees CANNOT get access to you can use them near the hive. Again I think any sprays that kill ants will kill bees. And you can try isolating hives on pipes with the feet in cans filled oil, but you would have to keep the cans away from rain and again bees.

      To be honest, I’ve always lived with ants and consider them a minor nuisance (to me and my bees).

      It was nice seeing you in West Liberty and hearing from you here!


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