Using wine corks to seal up hive.

Corks in the hive.

Corks in the hive.

Now that it is getting colder, the bees seem interested in sealing up a drafty hive and  preparing for winter. I use corks to seal up entrance holes in my supers until I wrap my hives next month.  If the corks are too big for the hole, use a knife to trim down one side. Remember to leave an entrance at the top.

When I am treating with Api-Life var, I also use corks. They seem to work better than just taping up the hole and won’t pull off any paint. (In the photo you can see some tape on the bottom super)

I keep several in my bee toolkit to help quickly seal up a hive in cases of robbing or moving hives.

I was luckily enough to attend a harvest festival at a local winery and asked for the extra corks.  If you are not a large wine drinker, ask your friends or stop in to a local restaurant and ask them to save some from you.