It’s October, and the fall flow is pretty much over… what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?
The following list was published by Dr. John A. Skinner (Professor & Apiculture Specialist @ UT) in the Beekeeping in Tennessee publication from UT (PB 1745), and is available at the following URL: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/PB1745.pdf
Seasonal Management: October
• October is usually too late to treat for mites. The recommended products will not work as well in cool temperatures and varroa reproduction has already peaked and caused damage if levels where high.
• Check each colony for a laying queen.
• Feed all colonies that do not have at least 40 pounds of honey stored. (A deep-brood frame holds 6 to 7 pounds of honey; a medium frame holds 4 1?2 pounds; a shallow super frame holds 3 1?2 pounds.)
• Feed a mixture of 2 parts of sugar to 1 part water (measured by weight) to make a heavier feed, however 1:1 is acceptable and can be mixed without heating.
• Colonies typically slow down or stop taking syrup feed after the first hard frost.
• If feeding Fumadil-B to reduce nosema spore load, do so by early October when colonies are more likely to accept feed.
• Rake all leaves and dead grass away from around colonies to prevent fire in at risk areas. The Tennessee fall fire season usually begins in mid-October.