Bee Inspection Program

Phil Bartosch, Apiary Inspector

Phil Bartosch, Apiary Inspector

Ohio Revised Code requires for all active bee colonies to be registered. This helps our local bee population and helps prevent issues. The application fee is only $5.

Phil Bartosh
Cuyahoga County Apiary Inspector

Visit Cuyahoga County website’s page on apiary inspection here.

Updates from Phil

January 22, 2021
I’m happy to report Cuyahoga County has extended my contract for Country Apiary Inspector for 2021, the ODA still has to confirm my commission for the State.

Last year was a very tough year for the inspection program it was basically shut down in April, May, and June, we had periods of rain and a period of extreme heat. Across the state inspection numbers are down because of COVID-19

October 28, 2020
As the inspection season officially comes to an end, just want to bring up a few points for the winterization of your hives. If you’re going to install mouse guards, do an inspection of your hive before you install them. You don’t want to lock a mouse in your hive.

If you have screened bottom boards, make sure your white board is installed. I prefer to clean my white boards just so I can see what’s new that might be dropping on them. I like to clean the high grass and weeds from around my hives so critters don’t have a place to nest.

If you’re going to insulate your hives, make sure you have ventilation. I know some wraps completely wrap the hives – FOLLOW the instructions. As with any wrap or insulation, make sure the entrance is open; sometimes they slide down and cover the entrance.

Check on your winter stores. You should have about 60 to 80 pounds of honey, if not more in the hive. If you’re going to feed, be careful of using front entrance feeders. They sometimes cause robbing. You can also look on the GCBA website for the video about winterization of your hive. Hope everyone had a good season.

September 30, 2020
It’s late September and it’s getting cooler. I have noticed that mite counts seem to be increasing. Some of this, I believe, is just the natural progression of the fall bee population dropping while the mite population does not. A lot of people have kept up with mite control all year – don’t stop now. If you have been using the OA dribble or vaporizer method you might want to consider the use of Mite-Away strips or Formic Pro. This treats the mites under the cappings and can be used with your supers on. Make sure you follow the instructions – I can’t stress enough – follow the instructions.

August 27, 2020
In the past few months, mite counts on hives have been down compared to previous years. It appears treatment plans for new packages and hive treatments are paying off. Remember, even if you are not finding mites or are getting low mite counts you still need to continue mite treatments. I have talked to a few beekeepers who have asked, “Do I still need to do my treatments because we don’t see mites?” The answer is yes; don’t stop now!