It’s July, hot hot hot… 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: July
• If moving colonies to sourwood areas, have your bees in their new location before the first week of July.
• Extract any unremoved capped honey to have the supers available for the sourwood honey flow.
• Return extracted supers to the colonies just before dark to prevent robbing.
• Fumigate all supers of extracted combs that will be off the colonies for the remainder of the season with para-di-chloro-benzene. Wax moths can begin destroying them in a matter of days, depending on the situation.
• Pack honey in a quality, attractive package – all new, clean glassware or plastic ware and lids.
• Swarms issuing after mid-June will required constant feeding until they are a full-sized hive. They can be combined with weak colonies.
• Check for varroa mites.
• If your honey flow is over by this month, insert entrance reducers to prevent robbing and reduce the hive to the size of overwintering to help the colony manage hive beetles.
• Colonies will readily take feed and convert it to brood after the honey flow is over. Feed colonies where it is desired to build up their population (e.g. new colonies started late).