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European Beemageddon Warn French Beekeepers, as French authorities approve use of neonicotinoids

European Beemageddon Warn French Beekeepers
European Beemageddon Warn French Beekeepers

If foul brood, trachel mites, varroa mites and colony collaspe disorder are not enough, why not add five more things to diminish bee populations across the globe.

Battling to keep honey production up and honey bees healthy is heating up in France. Calling what the authorities done by allowing a new type of pesticide use across the country scandalous.

Here are just a few excerpts from a  report published 10-20-2017 by The telegraph.

French bee keepers are up in arms over the authorisation of an insecticide they warn could sound the death knell of their already decimated bee population.
Bee hives have been hit in Europe, North America and elsewhere by a mysterious phenomenon called "colony collapse disorder". The blight has been blamed on mites, a virus or fungus, pesticides, or a combination of factors.

With the honey harvest in France down to just 10,000 tons this year - three times less than in the 1990s - the country's national apiculture union, UNAF, slammed what it called the "scandalous" authorisation of sulfaoxaflor, which attacks the central nervous system of insects...

Studies have blamed the chemical for harming bee reproduction and foraging by diminishing sperm quality and scrambling memory and navigation functions. It has also been linked to lower disease resistance. Neonicotinoids currently cover more than a fifth of French crops with 70 per cent of seeds from cooperatives already coated in the product.

Producers insist neonicotinoids are safe if used correctly. They also maintain that evidence linking these chemicals to a plunge in bee populations is flimsy and that the phenomenon is due to a number of factors, such as viruses and parasites.

European Beemageddon Warn French Beekeepers
European Beemageddon Warn French Beekeepers

You can read the full report on The Telegraph

This has been an IRescueBees special report. European Beemageddon Warn French Beekeepers

Winter feeding is around the corner have Healthy Bees with Mushroom Extracts.

Healthy Bees with Mushroom Extracts
Healthy Bees with Mushroom Extracts

Winter feeding of bees is either sugar syrup or high fructose corn syrup. In addition to carbohydrates, bees need B vitamins, amino acids and other phytochemicals too remain healthy and strong.

Finding a reliable source can be expensive, especially when you have a large number of colonies to feed. Adding Reshi tea to to your feed syrup will provide the extra nutrients your bees need.

The following article from Paul Stamets, fungi.com (full story here)

This Earth Day we’re excited to share the latest developments in our Bee Friendly™ Research Initiative, originally unveiled by Paul Stamets during the 2014 Bioneers Annual Conference. For those unfamiliar with the story, our “Bee Friendly” campaign is an initiative created to support the research and development of fungal strategies to improve bee health and offset the use of toxic pesticides.
The devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder was first officially recognized in 2006. Honey bee hives continue to die off at rates of 30–40% each winter. According to the USDA, the winter of 2015–2016 was the worst on record, when up to 44% of hives died (no data is yet available for winter 2016–2017.) This should be concerning to all, as approximately one out of every three bites of food human beings eat comes from a source that depends upon pollination by bees*.
In 2014, Paul Stamets teamed up with the Dr. Steve Sheppard, entomologist and head of the Washington State University APIS Molecular Systematics Laboratory to investigate the potential benefits of exposing honey bees to certain species of fungi. In the initial set of experiments, fungal extracts were fed to bees to determine their effects. The preliminary results suggest that extracts of certain polypore mushrooms can increase worker bee longevity and reduce viral burden.
Researchers suspect the nutritional support from fungal extracts is playing a significant role in improving bee health. The sugar syrup bees are typically fed is high in calories but non-nutritious, lacking phytochemicals and micronutrients. Fortifying this syrup with fungal extracts provides a wide assortment of B vitamins and other myconutrients critical for bee health.

Thank you Paul for your ground breaking research.

Making Reshi tea is quite simple. In a crock pot full of water place your Reshi mushroom in and slow cook for 24 hours.

Healthy Bees with Mushroom Extracts
Healthy Bees with Mushroom Extracts
Your bees will thank you. Remember for Healthy Bees with Mushroom Extracts

Chemotherapy related Oral Mucositis, successfully treated with  Propolis Miracles from the Hive

Propolis Miracles from the Hive
Propolis Miracles from the Hive

Black and sticky is the glue we beekeepers know as propolis. Bee made combination of Balsam (a resinous sap from trees and shrubs ), volatile oils, in other words essential oil of a plant or tree and Terpenes, the sap of conifers.

Propolis in combination with baking soda protects cancer patients for Oral Mucositis. Oral Mucositis is when the mucus membrane of cancer patients mouth lesion from chemotherapy.

This story comes from Oncology Nurse Advisor, Read the full story

The combination of propolis and sodium bicarbonate is an effective and well-tolerated therapeutic option to prevent oral mucositis (OM) in patients with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy, according to a study published The European Journal of Cancer Care.

Previous studies exploring the use of propolis, a waxy substance produced by bees that is considered to be a complementary therapy to anticancer agents, for the treatment of esophagitis, stomatitis, oral ulcers, and other conditions achieved mixed results. For this study, researchers investigated the effects of propolis in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced OM in patients with breast cancer.

Investigators randomly assigned 60 patients with breast cancer eligible to receive doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (AC) chemotherapy to a control arm and an experimental arm. Patients in the control arm were instructed to rinse their mouth 3 times a day with sodium bicarbonate alone; patients in the experimental arm were given oral propolis in addition to the sodium bicarbonate.

Treatment was started the day after initiating the first cycle of chemotherapy, and OM was assessed on days 5, 10, and 15 by phone interview, and on day 21 when patients returned to receive chemotherapy. Incidence and severity of OM were assessed at the end of each chemotherapy cycle for more than 6 months.

Investigators randomly assigned 60 patients with breast cancer eligible to receive doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (AC) chemotherapy to a control arm and an experimental arm. Patients in the control arm were instructed to rinse their mouth 3 times a day with sodium bicarbonate alone; patients in the experimental arm were given oral propolis in addition to the sodium bicarbonate.

Get the full story here.

Just another reason to learn what apitherapy really is.  Propolis Miracles from the Hive

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRescucbees is your safe and sustainable solution for bee control.  Pest Control Abilene Tx

For Live Bee Removal and Relocation Call

Ben Kazyaka

Owner

( 325 ) 201 - 8237

 

Pest Control Abilene Tx

Pest control companies that claim to provide bee removal services kill the bees and then remove the hive. Claiming that all the bees in Abilene are killer bees and they have no value.

 "Most feral bee colonies in the southern United States are of the Africanized variety. Eradication of a bee colony is recommended for several reasons. This variety serves no useful purpose." Truly Nolan

Really? Tell me Mr. Nolan what is pollinating the flowers and trees in Abilene.

That statement is absurd, meant to scare the public into having the bees killed. IRescueBees has removed hundreds of feral colonies for many years in Abilene and have only encountered two killer bee colonies.

Conservatively speaking, that is less than half a percent. Meaning exterminators are killing ninety-nine percent of honey bee colonies just to get that one percent of African colonies.

Pest Control Abilene Tx
Pest Control Abilene Tx
Why do bees attack...

To protect the hive. Even docile honey bees will attack if you let them live in your house or shed for years before having them removed.

When honey bees decide to move in with you, call IRescuebees right away. Leaving them because they are not bothering anything is just a un-safe choice.

Are the bees really in decline...

The following is a study done by Save On Energy. Read the full report.

rates decline across us

The honeybee population has been in steady decline for years, and since 2015, their population has been declining at an even more alarming rate.

Between January and March 2015, nearly half of the honeybee population in Ohio was lost due to potentially 60 different factors, and more than a third of the honeybees in Illinois died. Between April and June 2015, between 2 percent and 19 percent of the honeybee populations across the entire U.S. died. During the summer months, nearly a third of the honeybees in Arkansas died, and between October and the end of December, 40 percent of the honeybees in Kansas had perished.

Being State Registered Beekeepers we safely remove and relocate all bees live. Relocate means we put them in hives and take care of them.

Since, we removed honey bees from our community, all honey they produce is donated to Texas charities. You can't do that if you kill the bees.

Pest Control Abilene Tx    Call the real bee removers IRescueBees.

After Hurricane Harvey drenched Houston. Now  Harris County Mosquito Spraying/ Cover Your Bees

Harris County Mosquito Spraying/ Cover Your Bees
Harris County Mosquito Spraying/ Cover Your Bees

I read the whole article and in one sentence they state beekeepers may want to cover their bees. This statement was way down at the bottom of the article.

They are spraying Naled. From livescience.com

In high enough concentrations, Naled can cause nauseadizzinessconfusion and even convulsions and death in humans. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these effects require exposure to naled at far higher levels than licensed professionals dispense during spraying.

They say that Naled kills the mosquito on contact but, where does the residue go and can it effect your bees. Hard to get the evidenced on that one.

In 2016 they sprayed most of the south's incorporated areas to combat Zika. This year I notice that most of our removals had low brood patches and most of the colonies were dry. Hardly any honey.

We have gotten the same story from Texas to Florida. Could the Zika spraying cause this, I don't know. Story comes from KHOU.com

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – County health officials say the public should not fear the spray being used to control the mosquito population in Harris County.

Aerial spraying to combat the mosquitoes is scheduled to begin in Harris County on Thursday evening. The operation may take more than a day.

Harris County Public Health says the rain left behind created large areas where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. The U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing will fly a modified C-130 cargo plane to conduct aerial sprays.

The plan is to spray 600,000 acres, mostly outside of the City of Houston limits... As an extra precaution, beekeepers may wish to cover their colonies to prevent bees from exiting during treatment.

Your can read the whole story at KHOU.com

Chemotherapy related  Oral Mucositis Propolis Treatment

Oral Mucositis Propolis Treatment
Oral Mucositis Propolis Treatment

Black and sticky is the glue we beekeepers know as propolis. Bee made combination of Balsam (a resinous sap from trees and shrubs ), volatile oils, in other words essential oil of a plant or tree and Terpenes, the sap of conifers.

Propolis in combination with baking soda protects cancer patients for Oral Mucositis. Oral Mucositis is when the mucus membrane of cancer patients mouth lesion from chemotherapy.

This story comes from Oncology Nurse Advisor, Read the full story

The combination of propolis and sodium bicarbonate is an effective and well-tolerated therapeutic option to prevent oral mucositis (OM) in patients with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy, according to a study published The European Journal of Cancer Care.

Previous studies exploring the use of propolis, a waxy substance produced by bees that is considered to be a complementary therapy to anticancer agents, for the treatment of esophagitis, stomatitis, oral ulcers, and other conditions achieved mixed results. For this study, researchers investigated the effects of propolis in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced OM in patients with breast cancer...

None of the patients who used propolis and sodium bicarbonate developed OM greater than grade 1 during the first cycle, whereas 16.7% (5) of patients in the control arm developed OM greater than grade 1 in the first cycle (P =.02). The incidence of grade 1 and higher OM was the greatest in cycle 2 (25%) and cycle 5 (45.8%) during cycles 2 to 8 (P <.001)

The authors of the study conclude that “although further well-designed studies with larger samples, possibly comparing propolis with placebo, are warranted to achieve definite results, this study provides clinicians with a promisingly effective, natural, harmless, cheap, and acceptable prophylaxis for OM in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy with AC.”

 

Get the full story here.

Just another reason to learn what apitherapy really is.  Oral Mucositis Propolis Treatment

 

 

 

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Whether we acknowledge it or not, Honey Bee Extinction Spells Global Famine.

For the first time ever a pollinator species has listed by the United States government as endangered. This recent listing is only the beginning of our woes.

In a earlier post we looked at the decline of honey bee colonies along with some of the contributing factors.

Today, we will look at this great coming disaster, the loss of our pollinators

The following is an excerpt of an article from saveonenergy.com. You can read the full report here

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BEES AND PRODUCE

The importance of honeybees isn’t just about bees or honey. Because a third of global food production is reliant on pollinators, many of the most common fruits and vegetables are dependent on some aspect of the honeybee pollination process.

For example, almonds are 100 percent reliant on the honeybee. In fact, the relationship between bees and almonds is symbiotic. Almond trees require cross-pollination to grow, and male bees move pollen between the plants, helping them to thrive. In return, almond pollen is considered a natural form of food and nutrition for bees.

Apples, avocados, and blueberries are also extremely dependent on the honeybee’s pollination skills. For avocados, while there may be only one seed in the entire fruit, more than 20 pollen grains are needed before a flower can produce one. Honeybees are also more efficient at pollinating when it comes to apple and cherry orchards compared to nectar collectors, which helps these delicious fruits mature so we can enjoy them.

 

THE COST OF LOSING BEES

Honey Bee Extinction Spells Global Famine
Honey Bee Extinction Spells Global Famine

Losing the honeybee doesn’t just mean fewer almonds and apples for our salads and treats, it means big bucks for the U.S. economy. Because so many of the foods we eat every day are dependent on pollinators for production, losing a major player in the game like the honeybee would be devastating to our food economy.

The financial impact of losing the honeybee population would be greatest in the almond industry. Combining the sale of almonds and wages of those employed to help maintain them (earning an average pay of $20,000 every year), the almond industry adds roughly $5.9 billion to the U.S. economy. The cost of the production of apples adds over $2.9 billion every year, and the broccoli and onion industries each contribute well over $800 million to our economy.

Today, 1 in 12 jobs across the country are directly connected to agriculture. In total, the honeybee contribution equates to well over $16 billion dollars a year and helps employ hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.

We would like to thank saveonenergy.com for this informative report. Once again you can read the full report here.

Honey Bee Extinction Spells Global Famine

Breaking News: Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus

Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus
Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus

Hurricane Irma, the largest Alantic storm in recorded history took aim at Florida recently. Running up Florida's west coast her brutal winds took out seventy percent of southern Florida's citrus groves.

Florida is second only to Brazil in citrus production. Beekeepers in the state produce twenty seven million pound of honey each year.

We have not seen the extent of the damage she has done to Florida's Ag, let alone the beekeeping Industry in the state.

Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus

Following is some excerpts from a recent CNBC report. Read the full report.

Grower group says Irma caused 50 to 70 percent citrus loss in portions of South FloridaHurricane Irma caused losses of 50 to 70 percent of Florida's citrus crop in portions of South Florida, according to the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association.Oranges and grapefruit were hard hit by the storm, but there also were impacts to fields in the south and central areas where other crops grow, particularly strawberries and tomatoes.

Based on reports from the field, it's estimated that there's a 50 to 70 percent crop loss in South Florida, depending on the region," said Lisa Lochridge, a spokesperson for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, a trade group representing growers across the state. "Losses are less going north."

On Monday, CNBC was told preliminary assessment of the storm showed up to 30 percent of some major crops such as grapefruit had losses, according to estimates by Joel Widenor, a meteorologist and co-founder of Commodity Weather Group.

In an interview Wednesday, Widenor said CWG didn't revise its initial estimates, but he added that "the ground crews will have a much better feel for it. Certainly, it could be higher than what we were saying."

As for other crops, she said there was some damage in fields where other fruits and vegetables grow in the southern and central parts of the state, particularly tomatoes and strawberries. For example, she said plastic ground covering and irrigation systems got ripped up by the storm, and there's standing water in fields too.

"As a result, the tomato crop is expected to be light at the first part of November, but volume should build and we expect a solid December," she said. "Strawberry growers expect to be able to recover quickly and stay on their timetable to be harvesting on time."

There's still no official reports of economic loss totals from agriculture but it could surpass $100 million, as the value of Florida's citrus last year exceeded $1 billion. The most vulnerable citrus crop due to Irma is grapefruit because of its weight on the trees, although orange groves also suffered losses.

Another crop hard hit by Irma was Florida's sugar cane, which had a value last year of $561 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"The impact is shocking and will be felt for many months," USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement. "In addition to efforts being made on the ground to assist producers, we have taken a hard look at our regular reporting requirements and adjusted them so producers can take care of pressing needs first and mostly deal with documentation and claims later."

Before Hurricane Irma, Florida was expecting to harvest more than 75 million boxes worth of oranges, according to the Florida Department of Citrus. "Due to the storm, we now have much less," said Shannon Shepp, the agency's executive director.

In an emailed statement, Lochridge said "Irma cut a powerful swath through the epicenter of Florida's citrus-growing region. The primary problem is that the excessive winds stripped the trees of fruit."

Some citrus-growing areas faced peak wind gusts between about 60 and 80 mph during Hurricane Irma.

According to government data, Central Florida's Polk County — located between Orlando and Tampa — is the state's biggest county in terms of citrus production, followed by Hendry, located on Lake Okeechobee's southwestern shore.

Lochridge said the devastating storm "uprooted trees, but that is not as big of a problem, which is good for the growers longer-term. Many groves are flooded, however, and it will take growers a while to get all of that excess water pumped out."

The standing water also can be a major source of diseases for citrus trees. Root rot endangers the health of the tree when the trunk stays moist for extended periods of time.

Hurricane Irma Wipes Out Most of Florida Citrus...

It is gonna take a long time to straighten Irma's mess up. And just as long to see the impacts on Florida's honey bee industry.

I would like to acknowledge CNBC for there timely report. Read the full story.

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We will be discussing the Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States.

Angels of agriculture are in a big decline. This means less produce in the market and higher cost for pollination.

Keep in mind that seventy percent of all food crops are pollinated by honey bees. These angels are trucked across the nation to provide proper fruit development.

Want to help then go here. Save our bees.

With their steep decline we can expect food shortages even in the U. S. Here is part of a report by Save on Energy. Read the full report.

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States
Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States

 

The honeybee population has been in steady decline for years, and since 2015, their population has been declining at an even more alarming rate.

Between January and March 2015, nearly half of the honeybee population in Ohio was lost due to potentially 60 different factors, and more than a third of the honeybees in Illinois died. Between April and June 2015, between 2 percent and 19 percent of the honeybee populations across the entire U.S. died. During the summer months, nearly a third of the honeybees in Arkansas died, and between October and the end of December, 40 percent of the honeybees in Kansas had perished.

Between January and March 2016, honeybee populations were still on the decline, and almost half of the remaining bees in Oklahoma disappeared.

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States
Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States

The National Agricultural Statistics Service and the USDA have recorded losses from 29% to 45% between 2010 and 2015. Despite the efforts of beekeepers across the country and research to understand these trends, between 12 percent and 18 percent of the honeybees in the U.S. were lost each quarter between March 2015 and March 2016.

DAMAGE TO THE HONEYBEE POPULATION

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States
Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States

So, what’s causing all of this damage to the honeybee population in the U.S.?

The No. 1 stressor on honeybee colonies is varroa mites. Largely found in Florida, these mites feed off of adult honeybees and those unhatched or maturing (called brood). The mites actually develop on the honeybee brood, allowing them to overtake adult bees as they grow, and move from colony to colony by attaching themselves to agricultural workers and drones.

Other pests and parasites like tracheal mites, small hive beetles, and wax moths, as well as the disease nosema, are also having a negative impact on the health of the honeybee population. Hive beetles are native to the sub-Saharan areas of Africa but have been found outside of the region around nests of the honeybee.

Pesticides, weather, and diseases have also had significant adverse impacts on the honeybee population in the U.S., together accounting for over 20 percent of colonies lost in 2015 and 2016.

Once again we would like to thank saveonenergy.com for this timely report. Read the full report.

Honey Bee Rates Of Decline Across The United States .

 

The only bee friendly apartment complex in Abilene. Timber Ridge Apartments Bee Removal Abilene TX

Timber Ridge Apartments Bee Removal Abilene TX
Timber Ridge Apartments Bee Removal Abilene TX
Just wanted to point out another bee friendly company in Abilene Tx. Here is the story;  Timber Ridge Apartments Bee Removal Abilene TX

My friend Tony called me last night to tell me he had bees coming in his apartment. Tony also stated that he gave my number to the manager and they should be calling.

They did around !:00 pm asking me to come take a look. They stated that to other people came and looked.

I asked Megan the apartment manager what the other guys said.

Megan told me that they said that the bees were migrating and they would be gone in a couple days.

That word migrate is used by people that do not know what they are talking about when it comes too bees. It makes it sound like the bees are going south for the winter.

We showed up at 3:00 pm to do an inspection. Hiding under the dryer vent cover was a small swarm of bees.

Because Tony told me they were getting into his apartment I left the swarm to image his walls. Thankfully there were no bees in his walls.

Deciding to remove the swarm I went back to the dryer vent. Gone, the swarm was gone.

My helper said that they went over to another building. We checked and the swarm had started to move into a second dryer vent.

This vent had no duct, it was just a hole in the floor between the apartments. Adding a little bee repellent we were able to drive them out.

Re-clustering on a bush, we cage them and the queen and left.

Important to note that a swarm of bees are not migrating, they are looking for a home. Most of the time the swarm will colonize the wall they land on.

Other times they will move, but only a few hundred yards.

Our thanks goes out to Timber Ridge Apartments for considering the bees.

Check them out. Here