Lack of Forage
Honeybees lack food due to the rapid spread of monoculture, business and housing sprawl. Do your part to introduce bee friendly forage in your garden.
Although there is little the average person can do about Varroa, it's important to know what beekeepers are up against. Of all the problems we face, Varroa is the one that comes up again and again and again! It is a pest of that has spread world wide (except Australia). It is implicated in CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder. Nothing keeps beekeepers awake at night more than this nightmare!
Aside from many natural threats, honeybees are stressed by a variety of man made activities. Consider what you can do in order to avoid their potential extinction.
Climate change is real and its effects are influencing bee habitat. Furthermore, warming within the United States will expand the range of Africanized honeybees, a very aggressive subspecies of honeybee. Consider what you can do to lessen the impact of this global threat through local, personal action.
This video shows the harm of Varroa on bees. Please be aware, BeeLeavers does not use drug coated strips on our beehives. We use natural treatments.
The introduction of a new class of insecticides, the neonicotinoids, has contributed to the problem known as Colony Collapse Disorder. These chemicals stay in the environment for years and are known honeybee neurotoxins. Various nations in the European Union have restricted their use. Large retailers in the United States, such as Lowes and Home Depot, have started to limit their sale, as well as certain lawn weed control companies, namely Ortho, but large agricultural interests have not. The inaction of the later has decimated large commercial beekeepers as they move thousands of hives around the country to pollinate our largest food crops. Educate our politicians through your vote.