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Beekeeping calendar - What to do in September

In September the weather becomes more unstable, we observe the last blooms (heather, ivy, etc.). The activity of the colony decreases noticeably, the bees are already preparing for winter and the queen lays a new generation which will ensure the wintering.

What should a new beekeeper do in September?

On a beautiful sunny day, the beekeeper can visit his hives to take stock and carry out some checks.

  • Check the honey reserves by weighing the beehives using a scale (about 30 lbs are necessary for the winter so the weight of the hive must be greater than about 65 lbs in normal weighing or 30 lbs in weighing back). If they are insufficient, it is necessary to feed the bees with a syrup (to be administered rather in the evening to avoid looting).
  • Control the quality of the spawning and if it is weak then, it must be stimulated with a special food supplement or, in extreme cases, combine two weak hives.
  • After the last harvest, check for the presence of varroa and carry out the appropriate treatments if necessary.
  • Be sure to elevate the beehives so that they do not absorb moisture from the soil. They can be placed on bricks or on a beehive stands.
  • Store empty beehive supers in daylight, for example under an awning. Thus, the proliferation of wax moth is avoided.
  • Equip oneself with ripeners to store and decant the honey (around ten days) but also with packaging material in order to put it in a pot in the weeks following the harvest.
  • Recycle the wax collected during the beekeeping season by heating it in a water bath, in a boiler or in a solar verifier. Using molds, it is transformed into wax bread.