West Suffolk Beekeepers’ AssociationPosted on by Lewis Turner
Varroa treatment should have been completed. Note treatments are temperature dependent and may be less effective as temperatures drop.
Unite small healthy colonies or unite to stronger ones.
Assess stores. Nationals need approximately 40lbs /18kg of stores feeding should be finished by mid -September. ( A brood frame holds 5lb/2.3kg, supers 3lbs/1.4kg).
Feed 2:1 syrup. feed all colonies in the evening at the same time to avoid robbing. Avoid spillages or clean up.
Reduce entrances against wasps, plug with sponge down to one bee space.
heck all equipment is sound with no gaps for wasps to get in. Continue to have monitoring traps out. Asian hornets will be looking for carbohydrate/ sugar. Keep an eye out as the ivy comes in or in traps.
Extracted super combs can either be put in freezer for 24 hours or use 80% acetic acid to kill wax moth larvae.
Scorch boxes especially in corners before replacing frames.
Store supers stacked with paper between once treated. Combs with pollen are more prone to wax moth.
If your brood box is already full of stores and there is a good ivy flow, consider putting a super of foundation on to let strong colonies draw it.
Clear debris and grass etc from under hives to avoid damp.