September 2018 Beekeeping Notes

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers AssociationThe fall nectar flow has started and will continue through mid-September in many cases. There is a good likelihood that you might get a nice honey harvest of fall honey. By mid-September, you should have removed all supers from your hives. It time to conduct a good hive inspection to check for a good laying queen, eggs and brood. Egg laying will have taper off and there is probably little to no drone cells any more. Also time to evaluate the strength of each hive and consider combining weak hives with stronger hives. During the hive inspection, check to see if the hives have plenty of stores going into the fall and winter. If they do not then consider feeding your hives with 2:1 sugar water through October. “DO NOT OVER FEED”. It is also a critical time to check for Varroa mites; they tend to build up in September during the warmest days. So it is important to treat in September for Varroa Mites. If you have not placed entrance reducers on your hives, then it is time to do so, and also consider mouse guards as may be appropriate. Consider putting out Bug Jugs. They are great for collecting up moths, wasp, yellow jackets, flies, and other flying inspects/pests. Arizona Tea jugs are excellent. Cut a 1 inch square hole in the upper face of the jug opposite of the handle. Fill with 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of vinegar, 1 banana peel, and warm water --about 1/2 to 3/4 full but well below the cut hole. Hang jugs nears your hives. One jugs per 3 to 4 hives. They really work. Good from thru October.