Equipment Sterilization Through Irradiation
The Richmond Beekeepers Association is facilitating an equipment sterilization effort that involves the use of Iotron’s electron beam irradiation system. The process has been shown to have a high degree of success in eliminating diseases in the hive. Please read below for more information about the process and details to participate in the RBA group treatment organized for early spring.
Electron beam Irradiation of honeybee equipment destroys the pathogens responsible for many bee diseases, resulting in increased colony health, improved productivity, savings on drugs costs as well as equipment and comb replacement costs. Widespread, routine use of electronic beam irradiation has the potential to increase health of the industry as a whole. This does not involve the use of radioisotopes, but rather concentrated electricity.
Our local service provider is Iotron Industries.
Contact Davin Oforsagd
1425 Kebet Way
Port Coquitlam, B.C.
RBA Group Iotron Treatment 2017
This year we have collaborated with other bee clubs to do 2 Iotron runs in the spring. With clubs involved it will be easier to meet Iotron’s minimum equipment requirement. This spring there will be one run in February and one in March.
You must pay at the club level, in full, in advance of the treatment. Iotron will accept only 1 payment for our group; they do not want to deal with payments from individual beekeepers. Please disregard the instructions on the Iotron Sterilization Equipment Form that says you have to pay when you pick up your equipment.
When you drop your equipment off at Iotron, they will ask that you have the Iotron Sterilization Equipment Form completed. RBA prepares a list to give to Iotron of members’ names and their equipment for that run. Only if your name is on the list can you drop your equipment off at Iotron. Please see below for detailed instructions.
Please include your complete contact details with your payment.
- Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer
Ideally payments should be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) via email to email@example.com. This ensures no delay in payment. Check with your financial institution.
- Payment by Cash or Cheque at Meeting
We have scheduled the treatment timing so you can also pay at the February and March, 2017 RBA meetings, respectively. Please make cheques payable to Darlene Scribilo.
- Payment by Cheque via Mail
You may also pay in advance of the treatment by cheque made payable to Darlene Scribilo. You can mail your cheque to:
4640 Pendlebury Road
Richmond BC V7E 1E7
Iotron Sterilization Dates 2017
(Note: The earliest drop-off date has changed because February 13 is a holiday.)
Drop off: Tuesday, February 14 through Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 (8am- 4pm Mon. – Wed; 8am – 2pm Thursday)
Treatment: February 17, 2017
Pick up: Monday, February 20 – Friday, February 24, 2017
Drop off: Monday, March 27 to through Thursday March 30, 2017 (8am- 4pm Mon. – Wed; 8am – 2pm Thursday)
Treatment: March 31, 2017
Pick up: Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 7, 2017
Iotron has asked that all persons submitting equipment for processing complete the Iotron Sterilization Equipment Form attached and give it to Iotron at the time of drop off. Iotron will confirm you are on the RBA list, ensure you have provided your contact information and reconcile our list of equipment with what you drop off. Ensure what Iotron has recorded for you for equipment dropped off is accurate because it is based on this information we will be billed. In case of dispute we will rely on Iotron’s Information.
Equipment Preparation and Instructions
- Supers (with or without frames)
Supers may contain frames but best results are achieved if frames do not contain honey or honey is minimized. If there are not enough frames to fill the super, add frames so there is minimal movement when bagged and taped. Supers must be wrapped in plastic bags, preferably over-bagged to prevent honey leaks and re-contamination, and secured with duct tape on the top, bottom and sides to secure the frames. Each bag must be labeled with both your name and that of the Richmond Beekeepers Association (RBA). It’s also good to add the number of the packages you are submitting, for example: “Darlene RBA 4 of 15”. I add a teaspoon of wax moth crystals to any package with bees wax just in case there is a delay in treatment or unwrapping it after it’s processed. I unwrap as soon as I get my equipment home. Consider marking your frames with a colored felt marker in the same color code as for marked queens. 2017 = yellow.
Colour year ending with White or grey 1 or 6 Yellow 2 or 7 Red 3 or 8 Green 4 or 9 Blue 5 or 0
(Remember these colours using “When You Requeen Get the Best”)
$5.25 per super (tax included)
- Frames (with or without honey)
Two (2) frames per bundle and must be wrapped in a plastic bag and taped securely, edges sealed to prevent leakage.
Must be labeled with both your name and that of the RBA. $1.80 per pack (tax included)
- Bottom BoardsShould be delivered as single pieces only and do not need to be wrapped in plastic. They must be free of debris and clearly and securely labeled with your name and that of the RBA. I use a thumb tack to attach it to the bottom board. $1.80 per item (tax included)
- Wire Queen Excluders
Secure in bundles of up to 5. They do not need to be wrapped in plastic. They must be free of debris and clearly and securely labeled with your name and that of the RBA. $1.80 per bundle (tax included)
- Inner Covers
Secure in bundles of up to 3. They do not need to be wrapped in plastic. They must be free of debris and clearly and securely labeled with your name and that of the RBA. I use a thumb tack to attach it. $1.80 per bundle (tax included)
- Telescopic Cover
Should be delivered as single pieces only and do not need to be wrapped in plastic. They must be free of debris and clearly and securely labeled with your name and that of the RBA. I use a thumb tack to attach it. $1.80 per item (tax included)
- Nuc Box
Should be delivered as single pieces only and do not need to be wrapped in plastic. They must be free of debris and clearly and securely labeled with your name and that of the RBA. I use a thumb tack to attach it. $3.95 per item (tax included)
Pollen should be packed in containers such that the depth is no greater than 11 cm and should be packed tightly, such that the container can be flipped upside down for the second treatment pass, without the pollen pouring/shifting out of position. $0.85 per kg (tax included)
- Liquid Honey
Honey should be packed such that the depth of the honey is no greater than 2 cm. A sealed Tupperware container or equivalent would be ideal. $0.85 per kg (tax included)
- Miscellaneous Equipment
Contact Iotron directly for specific instructions. Iotron will determine the charge and will add it to our bill.