My daughter Cassandra and my grand kids did a dip candle making demo--all went away with a dipped beeswax candle. Some went away with a new (for me) cloth dipped in beeswax to be used as a natural reusable "saran wrap". I will continue to experiment with this.
** 5.5" of rain yesterday--the bees have had several no fly days recently. They have been eating away at their honey stores. The next week looks like sunshine and in the 60's which should be a great goldenrod time for the bees---can't wait for that smell of goldenrod coming from the hives.
*** Fall feeding should commence soon especially if your stored honey is low. I usually wait till I have pulled any honey to be taken and the weather starts to turn gloomy. Remember the 1 water to 2 sugar fall mixture ratio.
**** I am going to experiment with feeding the bees a Reishi mushroom extract when feeding sugar water this fall. Hopefully it will boost their immune systems and help with virus issues brought on by mites. I will let you know next spring how it goes--maybe it will be another tool in our mite control efforts.
***** Up coming events:
Oct. 18--Overwintering you hive
Oct. 26&27 MBA fall convention in Clare, Michigan
Nov. 29-- Club potluck and auction
See the club page for details