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Bee Talks Recap | September 2023

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In this episode of Bee Talks:

00:00:00 Welcome and Event Calendar

00:04:48 Bloom Calendar Overview

00:10:36 Should I add a protein supplement? Which one should I use? Should I make my own?

00:16:06 Commercial beekeeping vs. backyard beekeeping - what’s the difference?

00:23:41 Do I need to add pollen to my hives?

00:28:48 What is the impact of honeybees on native pollinators?

00:33:59 Is this time of year the beginning of next years’ season?

00:37:22 How should I insulate my hives for winter?

00:39:07 What kind of precautions should we take to prepare for an approaching hurricane or high wind scenario?

00:40:00 Which type of foam board do you recommend?

00:41:50 What are the advantages of using the 1-step or 2-step formic pro treatment methods?

00:44:48 Can I remove the queen while treating with formic acid, to keep her safe?

00:52:44 If my mite check is good, should I treat anyway?

00:55:02 What is the new robber device you’re using?

00:59:05 How can I get rid of yellowjackets without using chemicals?

01:02:00 Should I be using mouse guards? When should I install them?


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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.