Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the body

Proverbs 16:24

One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees...

-Leo Tolstoy

He is not worthy of the honey-comb
That shuns the hives because the bees have stings

-William Shakespeare

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.

-John Muir

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

-Henry David Thoreau

Seasonal Information for July

Specific recommendations for Deep East Texas beekeepers by Robert Jones

July is normally the main robbing and extraction month.

Make certain you handle all of your supers as sanitarily as possible, keeping them covered bottom and top to keep trash and bees out of the unattended comb. You should be moving the boxes to the honey extraction unit as soon as possible. The extracted supers should be cross-stacked for rob-out under a shed for a couple of days and either stacked back on for the fall flow or stored away on para moth crystals. These will need to be refreshed monthly until the end of the hot weather and every three months over the fall and winter months.

Store your excess honey that you cannot immediately bottle in food grade plastic five-gallon storage pails or food grade approved 55-gallon barrels. You will need warming bands on either of these if you wait more than three months to bottle it. All natural honey, with the exception of those high in sucrose sugar, will go to sugar crystal state. This is easily reversed with gentle warming. Remember the Texas clean rules still apply later when you bottle again with proper labeling. Melt your wax when you are finished and process everything completely to keep your area clean.

Last notes for the bees: put out a good water source if there is not one available and be careful with feeding new colonies.

Near the end of July you can set up for late summer splits and queens, but you will have to use whole hive supers because of the bee pests. There are plenty of bees to do this with, but the bee pests, mainly hive beetles, are thick as well. If you try this do not use any split hives that prove to be prone to, or has a lot of, beetles already in the hives. You will see a disaster of hive beetles if you do.

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