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Getting your hives ready for winter!

John Gaut of the Northeast Chapter will join us at our ECBS meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm in Garibaldi Hall at the Essex County Environmental Center at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland to speak to us on insulating hives for the winter. John has done some very interesting and well conducted experiments and has had very positive results. It's a timely topic as we should all be doing our final winter prep this month so I hope to see lots of beekeepers there to enjoy John's Powerpoint.

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Keeping Bees in Mediums

Due to popular demand, we're making Landi Simone's presentation on how to use only mediums in your operation available here.


The club has just purchased ApilifeVAR, ApiGuard, Mite-Away Quick Strips (MAQs) BeetleBlaster traps, and Terramycin in bulk for members who only need to treat a couple of hives.

Contact Ron at his mobile number of 973-632-0036 (he'd prefer a text if with a return phone number) or by email
Ron will advise you of price per treatment.
Mite Away Quick Strips® (MAQS®)

The Quick Strips have a treatment period of just 7 days. Daytime temperatures must be between 50 - 92°F. Strips are laid across the tops of the brood frames and they can be used during a honey flow if necessary. A spacer rim is no longer needed for these strips but you still need to wear the recommended safety equipment for acid. Now available in all states!


Terra-Pro is a medicated feed mix which contains Terramycin™, Bee-Pro®, sucrose and other vitamins and minerals. It is recommended as an aid in the prevention and treatment of American and European Foulbrood. Terra-Pro should be fed early in the spring and fall and should be consumed by the bees before main honey flow begins.


Check out the Newsletters page for current and past newsletters from the club president.

Join us on Facebook

Our new Facebook group has just been set up. If you're a member of ECBS, then come on over to the group. It should be a great place to get your Beekeeping questions answered by fellow members.

The page is a moderated, private group available only to members.

Join us here or search for Essex County Beekeepers Association (NJ) on Facebook.

Who We Are

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The Essex County Beekeepers Society, Inc. is an independent branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.  It is a regional organization of anywhere from 30 to 50 bee hobbyist, sideliners (fewer than 300 hives) and commercial beekeepers & honey producers. Our members generally reside in and around Essex county - although membership is not limited to this region of the state.

Dues in the Association for the calendar year 2014 were payable as of January 1, 2014. To be a member in good standing and participate in the honey show, listings on the swarm and product pages, receive the state newsletter, emails from the Association and vote in our elections and other matters at general membership meetings, we need your dues to be current. If you have already paid your dues for 2014, thank you! 


If you haven't paid your dues, please do so now. Dues are $20 for the year for your primary branch. If you would like to be an associate member of another branch or branches in addition to your primary branch, you can do so by sending $8 to the additional branch or branches. Paying your dues in a timely fashion greatly reduces the work that our volunteer branch and state treasurers do, along with the folks that run the honey show and update the website.


Click here for the membership form to renew your membership now. If you are renewing to the new branch, Mid State, please note this clearly on the form and send your dues to Curtis Crowell at the address provided on the form. The form will be updated as soon as Mid State holds their officer elections.

What We Do

The purpose of our Society is to (1) foster and promote the art of apiculture in New Jersey, (2) to educate residents of the Garden State about the state insect, the honey bee, and its vital role in agriculture, (3) to produce bees and honey and related products, and (4) to simply share and enjoy our fabulous and fun-filled pursuit of raising and caring for honey bees.

Our members, beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike, work, cooperate and support each other in promoting beekeeping and related activities. Our members mentor new beekeepers, hold periodic social and business meetings to share experiences and ideas, and provide educational opportunities for schools and the public at large.


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