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Simon's Monthly Tips

September

Keep wasps out, and commence pest/mite treatment as soon as you remove your supers. It’s now time to think ahead to winter – you need to ensure your colonies are strong enough to survive, so you’ll have to juggle some brood frames or consider amalgamating colonies to achieve viable winter colonies. Unless we are enjoying an Indian summer, prepare your winter feed.

TO DO:

  • Remove supers if this is your plan
  • Prepare for honey production
  • Check for wasp problems and take early action to prevent damage
  • Commence varroa treatment as soon as supers are removed
  • Colonies should be at across at least 5 or 6 frames to survive winter
  • Juggle frames of brood or amalgamate colonies to achieve the above
  • Prepare your winter feed and commence feeding unless weather forecast is good for October
  • Add mouse guards to entrances

PREPARATION CHECK

  • Protective clothing
  • Winter feed and feeders
  • Wasp traps, entrance restrictors and wasp proof entrances
  • Small tools, smokers and brushes
  • Extraction equipment and jars
  • Varroa treatment Mouse gaurds
  • Update records

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