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Bee Talks Recap | November 2023

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In this episode of Bee Talks:

00:00:00 Welcome and Event Calendar

00:03:56 Bloom Calendar

00:09:34 How many times should I vaporize my hives, and when should I stop?

00:18:47 When is the most critical time to treat for mites?

00:24:42 Witch hazel in bloom

00:25:40 My hive has too much brood in October - why would this be?

00:32:14 Should I do a vaporization treatment if I have Apivar strips in the hive?

00:39:24 Discussion about Hopguard 3 treatment for mites

00:41:50 I have a single hive with only 5 frames, how can I help my bees make it through the winter?

00:42:59 Are there any places where mites aren’t infecting bees?

00:45:40 Should I feed my bees Hive Alive?

00:50:15 Should I try to reduce moisture in my hives over the winter?

00:52:55 Do I have mold growing on my hives?

00:54:10 Should I give my bees probiotics?

00:56:50 How much / What kind of insulation should I be using?

00:58:19 If a bee gets infected, what happens to their core temperature?

01:05:18 Let’s talk about: Bee Smart inner & outer covers

01:17:15 What is Randy Oliver’s sponge treatment?


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About Bee Talks:

Bee Talks are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each session includes an open question & answer period followed by a seasonally-appropriate topic discussion to help guide you through the beekeeping year. Open to every beekeeper regardless of experience or the type of equipment you use, these sessions will support your beekeeping practice and help you get the critical information you need to be successful.

Bee Talks are led by Bill Hesbach, Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper and graduate of the University of Montana's Master Beekeeping Program. He teaches bee biology and beekeeping methods at events hosted by regional organizations, and appears as a guest speaker at national seminars. Bill is on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Apicultural Society, and is President of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association. His articles appear in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, and The American Bee Journal.