August 21, 2019

Beekeeper’s Calendar: August

Monitoring mites with an alcohol wash

The colony is now just past its peak population and starting to raise brood destined to become winter bees. As the population decreases, it is important to keep an eye on mite levels which will continue increasing. Sample colonies using a sugar roll or alcohol wash and if threshold is exceeded, apply mite treatments. Make sure to follow the label instructions if you have honey supers on the hive. The June/July issue of The Bee Line includes a comprehensive review of products for treating Varroa mites. The last honey flow (goldenrod) usually starts in August so super hives as needed. Unite weak colonies and position brood and honey stores in anticipation of winter. Check the status of your queens; there is still time to requeen if there is a problem. Keep an eye on smaller hives for signs of robbing, and make sure your bees have a source of water.

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