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September

 The Bees

The hive population is dropping.

The queen’s egg laying is significantly reduced, and the drones may begin to disappear this month.

The Beekeeper

It’s time to do that rare, final harvest for the season. Remember to leave at least 40 pounds of honey for the hive to get through the winter.

Attend your bee club meetings

 Inspections

Continue to check on queen performance.

Watch for excessive hive beetle populations

Watch for wax moth signs

Queen health, laying

Queen failure this month or later may require combining colonies.

 Nutrition

Goldenrod 8/1 10/15; Coreopsis; Asters, 9/20 10/30.

Fall nectar flow may take place

Remember to leave at least 40 pounds of honey for the hive to get through the winter.

Keep water available constantly

Feeding continues until the bees will take no more syrup. Feed 2 to 1 sugar water

Some large colonies will gain weight from fall nectar, but cannot be relied upon to build weight for winter.

Check those that had good honey stores to ensure they didn’t burn through it.

 Pests

Varroa treatments should be complete by the end of the month

Alternating medications to keep pests from developing immunity to them.

All medications will vary in monthly usage.

Watch for excessive hive beetle populations

Watch for wax moth signs

Management  

Remove queen excluders.

Reduce entrances and mouse guards

Combine weak hive with a stronger one take winter losses now.

Ensure adequate ventilation as weather cools

Right size equipment to match bee population

 Swarms  

Lower chance of swarming thru the end of the year

Products of the Hive

In some circumstances, fall honey harvest is possible, but care must be taken to avoid using supers during feeding to ensure all the honey is from nectar and none is from syrup.

Remember to leave at least 40 pounds of honey.

Melt down wax from cappings or crushed comb and culled frames.

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