Highlighting: Seasonal Beekeeping Advice
Date(s) - 07/01/2019 - 09/30/2019
Signs of the Season
- Daytime temperatures above 95°F
- Sparse flower bloom
- Low rainfall
Activity in the Hive
- Brood-rearing declines
- Bee population declines
- Varroa population peaks
- Nurse bees that rear the winter bees are produced
- Nectar and honey stores decline
☐ Monitor honey stores; minimum 10 frames per hive
☐ Aggressively feed sugar water if inadequate honey stores
☐ Inspect hives regularly and take quick action to fix problems
☐ Monitor pollen stores; minimum 2 frames per hive
☐ Ensure bees have a nearby, constant water source
☐ Feed pollen patties if inadequate pollen stores
☐ Split hives; final opportunity
☐ Test all hives for varroa monthly and treat as necessary
☐ Replace failing queens; final opportunity for mating
- Harvested too much honey – need to feed sugar water
- Weak hive – combine with a strong hive
- Failing queen – source new queen or combine with a strong hive
- How will I keep varroa levels low now?
- Is the hive strong enough to keep wax moths and hive beetles in check?
- Did I make the right/enough enough splits to help control swarming?
- What do I need to learn to be a better beekeeper next year?