June 15, 2019

Beekeeper’s Calendar: August

The colony is now just past its peak population and starting to raise larva that are destined to
become winter bees. As the population of bees decreases in preparation for winter, it is important
to keep an eye on mite levels which will continue increasing. Sample colonies for varroa mites using
sugar or alcohol roll and if Varroa are detected above threshold, apply mite treatments. Make sure
you follow the label instructions if you have honey supers on the hive. The last honey flow
(goldenrod) usually starts in August so super hives as needed. Unite weak hives and position brood
and honey stores in anticipation of winter. Check the status of your queens, there is still time to re-
queen if there is a problem. Keep an eye on smaller hives for signs of robbing.

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