Help for October from my fifty two years with the bees.
This is a good time to put in a reducing hive entrance block.
The size should be 3/8X1X1/4 in. This will prevent robbing. You also should have a top entrance hole ¾ in the top box.For mouse control put some mouse bait under the hives. You will need to do this soon before the mice move into the hives. Use a kind that is weather and water resistant. There is a product that is used for Norway rats that works very well. You should have the reducing entrance block in before you start feeding to prevent robbing.
Next month I will have information on packing your bees for winter.