10 Summer Beekeeping Tips

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Dutch white clover (Trifolium repens) is loved by honey bees.
Sometimes people try to plant specific plants around their home to help bees have an abundance nectar source. Honey bees will go to areas where there is a large amount of flowers such as white clover. A few plants around your home will attract a few of your very young bees learning to fly, but the true foraging team is out to bring in the mother load of nectar and will likely fly over what you plant. 

In my video today (link provided below)I’ll examine several common floral sources around most homes. In my video I will also tell you about a poisonous plant around your home that you may not realize. But just remember your bees will fly over most of what you plant and find a field of dutch clover.

If you are like me, you cannot bring yourself to mow down the most loved flower by honey bees, dutch yard clover. When you mow down your clover you are destroying the main floral source honey bees rely on in the summer. To help your yard look purposeful rather than deserted try mowing around the edges of clover patches so it looks organized. 

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Be Prepared To Feed Your Bees This Fall
This fall your bees will need fed. To survive winter, you need lots of bees of winter physiology. Bees in the summer only live around 40 days. Winter bees, those raised in the fall, will live 6 months. If you fail to feed at the right time your colony may not raise the number of winter bees needed to survive the winter. Plan ahead and get your feeding systems in advance. I started feeding as soon as the nectar flow stops here in Illinois which for me is around August 1st. 
Three Essential Beekeeping Tips:
1. Check and control mites. Perform a mite test every 30 days and use Green Drone Comb, powdered sugar dustings, screen bottom board and breaking the queen’s brood cycle to control mites.
2. Give your colony room to expand. When 5 frames are drawn out in a box, add another box.
3. Slide the entrance reducer to allow 1/2 of the entrance to be open to aid flights in and out.
4. Do not harvest honey unless it is capped over. Harvesting frames that are not fully capped may result in fermentation of your bottled honey giving it a nasty vinegar taste over time. Your customers or friends will not be happy.
5. Make sure you have supers on hand now in case you need to add additional supers. Always have one they are working on and an empty one they can go into. Otherwise, you might miss capturing the honey flow.
6. Control Small Hive Beetles with beetle traps. Otherwise, beetles can slime and ruin your honey supers and cause your hive to abscond.
7. Do not split your hives now. It is too late in the season.
8. Only feed from the top, not the entrance. As the season progresses entrance feeders can increase the chance of your hive being robbed and killed. Only feed from the top.
9. Purchase your harvesting equipment now. Knives, buckets, strainers etc.
10. Be prepared for your bees to become slightly more defensive the larger they become and the hotter it gets. Fall colonies are much more difficult to work than smaller, spring colonies.

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David and Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
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