The most frequently asked questions are always about colony collapse, its causes, and steps someone can take to help combat it.
Read on (below).
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Honey Bee Threats
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Varroa Mites : Introduced from Africa in the 1908s, most honey bees world-wide have no natural defenses against their burrowing into the bee and eating them. Science is scrambling to find answers but the only recourse is controversial preventive treatment (we treat 3x a year).
American Brood Foul : This is the worst-case colony collapse. This bacterial disease is SO communicable that, when found, your State apiarist will destroy (burn) the entire infected beeyard as well as put all beeyards for miles around under quarantine immediately.
Pesticides : The neonicotinoid family includes acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world.
Summer Dearth : As climate change worsens our usual seasons, this means the late-summer dearth gets worse. This is the time of year when most blooming has already happened so nectar is difficult to find. For this reason, we often feed July-September, and we planted a garden of bee-friendly late-summer bloomers in our pollinator habitat.
Small Hive Beetles : These little guys are an invasive pest of bee hives, originally from sub-Saharan Africa. These beetles inhabit almost all honey bee colonies in their native range, but they do little damage there and are rarely considered a serious hive pest unless the hive is weak and guardian bees are overwhelmed by an explosive SHB population.
Wax Moths : Wax moths can sneak their way into a hive and lay eggs in the honeycomb. When the eggs hatch, the wax worm will eat through the beeswax, honey, pollen and sometimes even the bee larvae and pupae. In a weak hive, the wax worms can get the upper hand and destroy the hive in 10-14 days. Beekeepers must remain vigilant to their hives health at all times, year-round.
2019 Snapshot ============//===========
30Oct19 : ends Formic acid treatment cycle
23Oct19 : new queen for Eleanor hive; winterize beeyard
22Oct19 : reintroduced Zena back into original Tz'U Hsi hive
18Oct19 : Formic acid treatment for Tz'U Hsi and Eleanor hives
29Aug19 : ended Apiguard treatment cycle
3Aug19 : 2nd Apiguard treatment for Tz'U Hsi and Eleanor hives
21Jul19 : 1st Apiguard treatment of the year
31May19 : caught Tz'U Hsi swarm creating Zena
27Apr19 : got another 5-frame nuc from Bethpage area.
10Apr19 : got 5-frame nuc from Sterling.
1Jan19 : hive that was robbed last fall did not survive.