|Moving spring bees from South Carolina to
Maine for blueberry pollination
|THREATS TO HONEY BEES
The greatest threat to beekeeping are two varieties of mites (Varroa and Tracheal). And although these mites . These
mites are greatly reducing the overall honeybee population in the USA. The mites are of no concern to humans, except
for the effect they can have on honey production.
Beekeepers are on the watch for various diseases unique to honeybees, and harmless to humans. "Foul Brood" and
"Nosema" are two such diseases. These problems can easily be addressed by good management and proper
With more and more urban development and the growth of cities, there is less and less foraging available to bees.
However, areas like Fairfield County contain a rich assortment of nectar and pollen for honeybees, thanks to
homeowners' gardens and the lush, wooded countryside.
The arrival of so-called "killer bees" in a few southern states has received sensationalized treatment in the media. In
some areas of the country, this negative publicity has stimulated local restrictions and ordinances on the hobbyist