Did You Know?

Winterizing Your Hive:
Did you know that you need to start your winterizing plans in August of each year? Make sure that your mite load is low and that the queen has plenty of room to lay eggs. The August bees will take care of the bees that then take care of the wintering bees. Kim Flottom says, “take care of the bees that take care of the bees that go into winter.” You need healthy bees in August and September to ensure the bees going into winter are healthy.
Bee Hive Windbreaks:

Placing a windbreak around the North and West sides of your hives offers less fluctuations in temperature, inside the hive. Reducing the effects of cold winds allow the bees to remain in cluster with less outside influences. This also assists the bees in potentially eating their honey stores too rapidly. Windbreaks also reduce the amount of horizontal wind blown snow as well as reducing the chances of hives tipping due to excessive wind speeds.

Mice can cause problems in your hives:

Mice can cause problems in hives as Fall and the colder temperature approach.
As the temperatures get cooler the bees are beginning to cluster so they may not defend the hive as they would in the hot temperatures.
It’s wise to begin to add your mouse excluders or guards at the beginning of October, or if the day or most commonly night temperatures get colder. The mice love the inside of the beehive with a warm and cozy place as well as plenty of food.
The bee supply stores will have a variety of choices but the stainless steel one that offers 2 sides is multi purpose. One side the bees can get through but a mouse can’t, the other side the bees can’t get through, for use to transport them as necessary. Depending on the one you buy, you may need tin snips in order to make it fit as some from England or other countries and are a little long.

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