Q: I live in northern Mississippi. Should I remove my honey supers for the winter (after my last extraction?)

Q: I live in northern Mississippi. Should I remove my honey supers for the winter (after my last extraction?)

A: We turned to Kelley’s beekeeping CEO for this answer. Jane replied: When you pull your supers be sure to extract immediately. You can then store or put back on strong hives. Remember though, from our experience in Mississippi, we found every time you open the hive it stresses the bees a bit and the hive beetles seem to show up in force when the stress pheromone is triggered.

In short pull supers, extract immediately, put back on strong hives (you have had a lot of rain and have a fall flow) or otherwise store in a freezer or large garbage bag where the beetles cannot get to the honey. Freezing after extraction for a few hours is the best possible solution if you see any beetle larvae.

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