Bee Keeping Articles:

The Summer Dearth in Beekeeping

The Summer Dearth in Beekeeping

Written by : honeytop

Post tags :

Share :

During the summer dearth, which is a period when nectar and pollen sources are scarce for bees, beekeepers need to take certain measures to support their colonies and ensure their survival. Here are some essential tasks for beekeepers to do during the summer dearth:

  1. Monitor hive conditions: Regularly inspect the hives to assess the colony’s health and population. Look for signs of disease, pests, or swarming preparations. Adequate monitoring can help detect issues early on and take necessary actions promptly.

  2. Provide supplementary feeding: Since nectar and pollen are scarce during the dearth, beekeepers should consider providing supplementary feed to the bees. Sugar syrup or sugar water can be used as a replacement for nectar. Additionally, pollen patties can be given to ensure the bees have sufficient protein.

  3. Water sources: Make sure the bees have access to a clean and reliable water source near the hive. Bees need water for cooling the hive and diluting food for larvae.

  4. Reduce hive inspections: While it’s essential to monitor hive conditions, avoid excessive hive inspections during the dearth to minimize disturbances to the colony. Frequent inspections can disrupt the bees and increase stress levels.

  5. Maintain hive ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial during hot summer months. Ensure that the hive has adequate airflow to prevent overheating and to keep the bees comfortable.

  6. Prevent robbing: During dearth periods, weaker colonies may struggle to defend their resources from stronger ones. To prevent robbing (when bees from one colony invade another to steal honey), reduce entrance sizes, and consider using robbing screens.

  7. Pest and disease management: Continue to monitor for pests and diseases and take appropriate measures to control them. Mites, in particular, can be a significant problem during the dearth, so be vigilant in managing their populations.

  8. Hive manipulation: If necessary, consider consolidating weaker colonies to strengthen them or combine them with stronger ones. This can help ensure the survival of weaker colonies during challenging periods.

  9. Drought mitigation: In regions prone to drought during the summer dearth, consider providing shade for the hives to protect the bees from extreme heat and conserve moisture.

  10. Plan for fall preparations: The dearth signals that fall is approaching, so start planning for fall preparations like varroa mite treatments, winter feeding, and other tasks to get your colonies ready for colder months.

Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive updates from Honey Top Bees. No Spam.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *