Disappearing Bee Colonies

"UNLESS SOMEONE LIKE YOU CARES A WHOLE AWFUL LOT, NOTHING IS GOING TO GET BETTER. IT'S NOT."

-THE LORAX

 

It's not a sweet life for bees right now. All over the world wild and honey bees are dying. Bees are under pressure from diseases, habitat loss, pesticide misuse, varroa mites, over breading, and malnutrition. You can help save the bees. 

Bees are not only essential to our environment, but to our economy. Farmers depend on bees to pollinate over two-thirds of the world's crop species. It's estimated that one-third of the food you eat is available because of pollinators like bees. If a farmer's crops aren't pollinated, the plants won't survive and farms will start to fail. Colony collapse could lead to a food crisis and economic devastation.

 

 Why Are Bees Disappearing?

 

Many factors are causing bee death, and each shares part of the solution. Blame can be placed on pesticides which not only kill insects harmful to plants, but in many cases are lethal to bees. Each year Beejuvenate hives are hit by rapidly spreading Varroa Mites which devastates hives and are difficult to prevent from being transferred to neighboring swarms. Other threats include over-breeding, which leads to a lack of biodiversity exposing bees to become susceptible to diseases, malnutrition because of food insecurity, and habitat loss. 


A cure to each negative contributing factor is necessary, but it's important that you know you can start making a real difference today!

You Can Do A Lot Of Good

You can help in a small or big way. Create a home for the bees by planting a variety of flowers and flowering trees. This increases the food diversity for honey bees in your area. Leave water with pebbles or marbles for bees to drink without drowning. Plant window boxes and hanging flowers if you live in a home without a yard. Window boxes, hanging outdoor plants, and gardens are an important way you can contribute without being a bee-keeper. 

"Bee-killing pesticides" weaken colonies immune systems exposing them to disease. You can help by pledging not to use pesticides or by reducing bee exposure by avoiding applying pesticides to blooming plants. If  booming plants must be sprayed, wait until evening when bees are less active. Don't apply pesticides on windy days when they can drift to non-target plants. Check your pesticide label for extended residual toxicity (eight or more hours). These are the most toxic pesticides. Purchase local organic fruits, veggies, honey and other organic products to support bee-keepers. 

What We Are Doing:

Bejuvenate is committed to keeping honey bees alive. We currently have over 70 hives in operation across Utah's Wasatch front. Over the last 14 years of beekeeping we have learned a lot. Each year we mentor new bee keepers and share tips and tricks. Our hope is that as people become aware of the bee crisis, little changes or ripples will happen, allowing strong bee colonies to thrive again. You can help us SAVE THE BEES!

Resources

Stay Aware of Legislative Activities That Affect Bees:

http://www.abfnet.org/?page=28

Learn More About Bees:

http://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/

http://www.pollinator.org/beeissues

Unwanted Bee Removal:

http://www.abfnet.org/?page=33