Autumn

September

Feed each of your colonies with strong syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)

Alternatively feed them Ambrosia syrup which is available in 12.5kg containers @ £17.50. This syrup mixture is already inverted and saves the bees time and energy processing it.

October

Check that each of your colonies are ready for winter with:
1) A good queen;
2) Plenty of young workers;
3) Good health;
4) Plenty of stores

Ensure that the hives are weathertight and secure. Remove queen excluders and replace glass quilts with a wooden crown board until next Spring. Fix on mouseguard.

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November

Protect stored combs against wax moth by spraying with Certan, fumigating with sulphur strips or acetic acid