BeeGeorge Honey, LLC 

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Varroa mites are visible to the eye.  They attach themselves to the exoskeleton of the bee, chew a couple holes to feed on the bee's hemogloblin. (eewww)


Partly because they puncture holes in the exoskeleton, the mites are a vector for viruses and other pathogens that can sweep through a beehive like a plague.  While the specific virus that caused colony collapse disorder (CCD) is not known, it is mites that enabled the virus in the first place.  


CCD and other viruses continue to be major challenges for beekeepers worldwide.  

You can:

  • Buy Local Honey and support your local beekeepers
  • Be careful with insecticides

************Never spray on flowers

************Never spray on windy days

************Spray in the evening when honeybees are back in the hive

  • Keep hedge rows (if you are a farmer)

they provide important forage for honeybees, pollinators and wildlife

Ingredients:

Honey = 100%

Anything Else = 0%

Other factors impacting honeybees include:

  • loss of habitat
  • loss of nutritional variation
  • insecticides including neonicatodes

Everyone asks: 

"What's going on with the honeybees?"  


  • Plant a garden
  • Promote Biodiversity - Kill your grass

************Dandelions, clover and other "weeds" provide nectar for bees
************Avoid grass monocultures 

  • Educated your family about honeybees and native pollinators
  • Become a beekeeper yourself

Indeed, beekeeping and honeybees are in trouble.  It is harder and more expensive than ever to keep bees. For the last several years, Maryland has experienced a 60% loss of its hives.  YIKES

The problem is all about a mite called varroa destuctor.  The mite started out as a minor pest on another species of bee in Asia but managed to jump to our honeybee (species jumper).  It has spread worldwide (invasive) and has caused havoc and destruction in its wake.  


Honeybee are insects (6 legs, 3 body parts and 4 wings ).  Mites are a different class, arachnids (8 legs and 2 body parts) like spiders and ticks.  

The Truth about what is going on with the honeybees

What can be done?

Good question, indeed.  Beekeepers are doing what they can with some success and some failures.  Varroa and its associated viruses seem to adapt as quickly as we do.  

Will honeybees survive this plague?  Yes, without a doubt.  The better question regards the survival of beekeepers.