As fall approaches, it’s time to think about winter prep. Your colonies are already starting to raise the winter bees that will carry your hives through the winter months. It’s important that those bees are healthy to ensure their survival. Perform mite counts and treat where necessary. Do not treat when mite counts are low, as this can promote tolerance to treatments. Feed 2:1 sugar syrup to colonies light on food stores to make sure they have an ample supply to get them through until spring. Let’s hope for a bountiful fall nectar flow to give our bees the boost they need to get through another Delmarva winter!