Saving the bees
There is a way to remove bees without not having to kill them. As you know we devote our time to research and data collection. I have recently come across this article here: USDA It explains how the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been something that has been effectively slowed in recent years; however, there is still a very significant report of Beekeepers losing colonies throughout the U.S. to various problems as explained in the article.
Our Interpretation of the Data and reports
We have seen a significant decline across the board regarding bee population with beekeepers reporting losing as much as 50% of their hives this year. Different regions of the states have various issues year to year with cycles of weather and other environmental factors that cause bee decline. There are the conventional uses of Pesticides on crops that are known to harm bees and their colony, there are antibiotics, and even GMO crops used that still have been inconclusive in data toward contributing to CCD; however, the evidence still points to this as a contributing factor from an outsider perspective.
Decline in the Beekeepers and unsustainable practices among popular beekeepers
A majority of Beekeeping associations are like the old Agriculture industry prior to the rise in popular consumer education on organic methods and safer food handling. In the beekeeper community, there are unsustainable practices such as the mentioned above, GMO crops, Pesticide exposure, antibiotic use, but there is more. Among some of the recent possible problems are linked with large cell foundation vs. small cell foundation, using sugar water as a food source, even the pasteurization of honey and the general practice of killing bad microbes but also beneficial microbes inside of the Bee colony.
The bee colony is more complex than we thought
A bee colony, commonly referred to as a superorganism, is organized in such a way that it mimics a larger organism; however, it is a collection of smaller creatures. This complexity is similar comparison the way to a human that there are t-cells and immune system, other systems as well that carry out functions for the human body. The bee superorganism is so complex that microbes can be both beneficial and harmful if out of balance in a colony. How does the imbalance happen? It happens when a beekeeper is uneducated in the process of the small ecosystem within the bee colony. Introducing antibiotics to kill “bad bugs, and bacteria” also has the effects of killing the “good microbes” It is kind of like chemotherapy injected into the colony. It doesn’t discern “good from bad” it just destroys everything. This imbalance in the superorganism becomes a vicious cycle of constantly having to prop up the colony until all of the other environmental factors finally just wipe out the colony in CCD, or the bees abscond, in an attempt to simply bring balance back to their hive.
What is the solution to help bees survive?
If you do a quick Google search on “how to save the bees from CCD” you will find a host of articles. Read these in light of what we have shared, and understand that anyone and everyone can help save the bees. A few options include: contributing to bee research and supporting programs at your local college and conservatory. Other options including becoming politically involved or physically becoming a beekeeper yourself.
Becoming a beekeeper to combat bee population decline
Once I took on this college study of bees I was just mildly interested in the bee population and it was more of a fascination vs. an actual passion of mine. Once I figured out how easy it actually is to keep up bees in a very sustainable way. I now advocate that everyone become a beekeeper in accordance with local laws, and obviously as a good homeowner following HOA guidelines etc. All you really need is a bee suit, gloves, smoker and a hive tool. Obviously, hive boxes, frames, and other more advanced tools will help, but the above are the basics and is all that is really needed.
I have a plethora of resources that I would hope you are excited about. Mainly there are websites in your local area where you can just Google Search for a bee removal company. That is priority #1 if you have a bee problem in your area. Get the bees removed and relocated. My top referral for a bee removal company is here for bees removal. The other resource that you must check out if becoming a beekeeper is found on the same company website under a Get Free Honey tab. Just click on the link above and you will be able to find both resources.
Action Items right now
So I personally recommend everyone start doing what they can to help combat CCD and start to really help the bee population survive. It all has to do with loving the earth.
- Plant a garden
- Become a beekeeper
- Hire a bee removal company to remove bees
- Become an activist for the bee population in your community
- Start a blog about bees
- Tell your friends about the resources provided above on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, anywhere and everywhere in a very activist way spread the knowledge and the love for bees in your community.
Thanks for reading
For more information on us and about why this blog exists. Go here. We essentially exist to continue an independent study of bees and the effects of bee removals and all around beekeeping. There are a lot of articles out that support most conventional beekeeping uses.