A few of us attended the Apiary this morning, and “put the bees to bed” for winter. Mouseguards were put on and woodpecker protection was added. The wooden Nationals got BEE EQUIPMENT hive wraps which aims to prevent woodpeckers getting a grip, and the Poly and the Top Bar were protected with the traditional wire netting.
We aim to leave them alone now, hefting occasionally until the end of December when we will apply an oxalic acid based treatment for Varroa. Ideally the colonies will be broodless at that time so the mites will be unable to hide in sealed cells. The Oxalic acid should therefore deal the Varroa population a heavy blow.
Thereafter it’s continued checks on stores, and giving them fondant if required until Spring.