JUNE - JULY
The colony in each hive should be almost up to full strength at this time of the year. The Beekeeper must be vigilant with 7-day inspections on each hive and continue swarm prevention throughout this month.
The honey extraction of bees foraging on rape sources should be done now. The honey must be extracted before it crystallises in the cells. If honey granulates in the cells without prior warming it will be difficult to extract.
The month of June can be a gap month in the nectar flows, especially in rural areas, where the spring flowers have stopped producing nectar and the summer flowers are yet to come into bloom. This is not of such importance in the Cities and Towns, where people plant their gardens and hanging basket displays for all year colour.
Bearing this in mind and the fact that we have just taken off the honey crop, the Beekeeper must be aware of the colony size and the amount of stores within the colony to ensure that they do not starve. Feed light sugar syrup if required. This is done by mixing Granulated Sugar on a 1:1 ratio i.e. 2lb of sugar to 2-pints of water and fed via a rapid feeder if required.
Add additional supers if required if the nectar flow is to come on early at the end of the month.
The Beekeeper should also do a Varroa check by placing a slide tray under the Varroa mesh and calculating the daily mite drop. This should be followed by pest management control methods if necessary.