Last Maintenance of the Season: To Do

A reminder that our region is starting to get cooler (minus those weird weekends that have peaked to Summer-like temperatures) and the rains are coming. We did our last hive maintenance of the year and will let them “bee” until February or the first warm up. Things to do on your last maintenance:

  • Remove queen excluder
  • Remove empty honey supers
  • Harvest any excess honey (we weren’t that lucky this season)
  • Ensure the bees have enough honey stored for Winter
  • Put a roof over the hive to keep the hive from getting wet
  • Entrance reducer or for those in areas that have rodent issues, put up that entrance screen
  • Clean out dead hives and store woodware
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California tightening rule on popular pesticide


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators say they’re tightening rules on how much farmers can use a potentially dangerous pesticide in the nation’s most productive agricultural state.

Brian Leahy, director of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, told The Associated Press about the new rule for Telone ahead of the announcement Thursday. It’s used to kill pests in soil before planting crops.

California lists Telone as a chemical known to cause cancer. The agency says it’s the only state to restrict how much can be applied.

Merced County sweet potato farmer Bob Weimer says the rule has no logic because his fields are far from people, posing no health risk. He fears rising food prices.

Caroline Cox at the advocacy group Center for Environmental Health says no direct cases of illness have been linked to Telone but it’s the state’s job is to protect residents.

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Fall Swarms

Fall swarms have been going on for a few weeks now. Usually they are pretty small swarms. This queen with only a few bees. 

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San Francisco Supervisors to pass bill to protect bees

In the news today… Kron4 –

A member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will introduce a resolution Tuesday to protect bees and other pollinators in the city, according to officials from the San Francisco Department of Environment.

“I am proud to be introducing a resolution this week at the Board of Supervisors to designate San Francisco as a Bee City,” Supervisor Katy Tang said in a statement.

“Through this resolution and our ongoing work to convert pavement to front yard gardens in the Sunset District, we are enhancing the livability of our neighborhoods, creating more sustainable habitats, and keeping our bees and other pollinators healthy,” Tang said.

Joining one of the 30 other cities that have been designated “Bee Cities” would mean reducing pesticide use on city properties and restoring natural habitats for endangered pollinator species like the Mission Blue butterfly and the Green Hairstreak butterfly, Department of Environment officials said.

“Healthy bees and butterflies are a sign of healthy neighborhoods, which is why it’s so important that we minimize our use of pesticides and choose plants in our gardens that support the health of pollinators,” Debbie Raphael, Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, said in a statement.

“We have so much biodiversity in our city and free tools like make it easy for everyone to foster healthy habitats, no matter how much of a green thumb you have,” Raphael said.

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Saving Bee Swarms – Thank You

Received an unexpected thank you card in the mail today for saving a bee swarm at Cheryl’s house. I should say thank YOU for calling us to save our local honey bees! 😃

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San Francisco Bees 

Geof of San Francisco came down to pick up a full colony. He plans to take a few frames of brood from this thriving colony to boost his weaker hive. 

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Bees Going Home to Los Altos Hills, Flow Hive

Chris and family adopted an established colony with a new queen. This young honey bee colony will be joining their other colony currently housed in a flow hive. I’m expecting some true reviews of the Flow Hive soon. 

Flow hive picture Chris sent me. The bees have just moved up onto the Flow Frames. 

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