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.

Iotron Industries
Davin Oforsagd
1425 Kebet Way
Port Coquitlam, B.C.
V3C 6L3
Office: 604-945-8838, Direct: 604-628-9059, Fax: 604-945-8827

Email: doforsagd@iotron.com

RBA Group Iotron Treatment 2018

The process for the club members’ access to an Iotron run is different than past years. Iotron has assigned 3 days, one in February, one in March and one in April 2018 where beekeepers can drop off and pick up their equipment the same day. Individuals will be responsible for paying for their treatment at the time of pick up.

PAYMENT

You will pay for your Iotron treatment when you pick up your equipment from Iotron.

IOTRON STERILIZATION DATES 2018

Iotron “Bee Days” 2018 (Same day treatment – no storage)

Thursday Feb 22, 2018 (08:30am – 3:00pm)
Thursday March 22, 2018 (08:30am – 3:00pm)
Thursday April 19, 2018 (08:30am – 3:00pm)

Iotron has asked that all persons submitting equipment for processing complete the Iotron Sterilization Equipment Form and give it to Iotron at the time of drop off.

 

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.  2018 = red.
  • 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”)
    $5.00 per super (+ GST) NOTE: If supers are other than Langstroth dimensions a surcharge will apply.

wrapped super box

  • 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.     $2.50 per pack (+ GST)
  • Bottom Boards
    • 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 to the bottom board.     $2.00 per item (+ GST)
  • 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.  $2.00 per bundle (+ GST)
  • 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.   $2.00 per bundle (+ GST)
  • Telescopic Cover/Lid
    • 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.   $2.00 per item (+ GST)
  • 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.   $4.00 per item (+ GST)
  • Pollen
    • 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.   $0.80 per kg (+ GST)
  • 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.  $0.80 per kg (+ GST)
  • Miscellaneous Equipment
    • Contact Iotron directly for specific instructions. Iotron will determine the charge and will add it to your bill.