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For forty years an going, Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising. I know some want me to stop blogging about this, saying "Everything is sunshine and roses" Well, let see about that.

Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising
Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising

I am not only a Beekeeper, I also do Live Bee Removals. This gives me a look into the health of wild honey bees.

Last year I was shocked to see that most of the colonies I removed were weak, some with no brood at all and most with no stores of honey. This was in 2017.

Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising
Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising

As I looked back, 2016 was the year of the Zika scare. Most, if not all counties in the south sprayed NALED. I believe that NALED had an adverse affect of our 2017 wild honey bee colonies.

I am not saying that this is the cause of the continue decline of managed colonies. But it does not help. In fact, just look what it did to an apiary in South Carolina reported by the Weather Channel.

Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising
Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising

I and other Bee Removal experts in the south are still seeing the effects of this spraying. Wild colonies are the hardest hit, and they have no beekeeper to protect them.

At least, managed colonies have someone to doctor them back to health or even increase the colony. Wild colonies are on their own.

Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising
Honey Bee Declines Continue Rising

With that said let's look at a few recent reports...

AG NET WEST

Aug 9, 2018

Bee declines continue to rise. They estimate that colony losses to be up seven percent this year.

Journal of applied Ecology

Gives us a deeper look into Honey Bee declines. They show that there is not just one answer.

Many factors inhibit the health of all flying insects.

I believe that we must change our ways of life, or we might not have much to look forward too.

I want to thank our Guest Blogger Amanda Plunkett owner of BeeRooted.com, Please visit her web site. Amazing Facts About Propolis by Amanda Plunkett.

Amazing Facts About Propolis
Amazing Facts About Propolis by Amanda Plunkett.

Honey bees, social insects that live in colonies with thousands of kin, collect various substances to contribute to the health of their society.  Female foragers gather flower pollen, flower nectar, plant resins, and leaf guttation fluid.

Amazing Facts About Propolis
Amazing Facts About Propolis

Flower pollen changes into “bee bread” for storage through enzymatic fermentation with honey bee saliva and nectar.  Flower nectar transforms into treasured golden honey through a similar, but much more extensive process.

Foragers enjoy leaf sap, guttation fluid, from the leaves of bushes and trees. Pollen and honey often receive the greatest glory for their uses by humans.  Yet, propolis has also been extensively researched.

Amazing Facts About Propolis
Amazing Facts About Propolis

Propolis, often called “bee glue”, is the sticky material female foraging honey bees collect from leaves, flower buds, sap, resin, and other botanical sources.  They mix such material with enzymes in their saliva which ferments the material after which they then blend it with beeswax for storage. Popular sources for propolis include trees such as poplar, pine, eucalyptus, oak, birch, and willow and bushes such as plumeria, rosemary, ragweed, and brittle bush.

 Amazing Facts About Propolis
Amazing Facts About Propolis
Amazing Facts About Propolis
Amazing Facts About Propolis

The word “propolis” originates from the Greek “pro” (in defense or for) and “polis” (city).  Thus, it translates as “in defense for city”, the honeybee city. Propolis protects as a sealant for unwanted gaps and spaces against invaders and aids thermoregulation of the hive.

 Even though propolis has been used medicinally by ancient humans, protection of the honeybee city, through self medication with propolis, has only recently been discovered.

This sticky substance can frustrate beekeepers attempting to open a hive.  Hoyt (1965) said that propolis “is the bane of a beekeeper’s existence”, and apiculturists have bred honeybee lines with reduced propolis production.  Yet, increased honey and pollen stores have been found to be significantly and positively correlated with increased propolis production. In addition, increased propolis positively correlates to honeybee colony health.

 

Apitherapy, the science and art of prolonging, sustaining, and retaining health by using products obtained from honeybee hives, including propolis, has been extensively studied.  Propolis is composed mainly of resin (50%), wax (30%), essential oils (10%), pollen (5%), and other organic compounds (5%). Propolis has been found to have antiseptic, antibacterial, antimycotic, astringent, spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, anaesthetic, antioxidant, antitumoural, antifungal, antiulcer, anticancer, and immunomodulatory properties.  However, its composition varies depending on the colony, season, and region as vegetation changes.  

 

Recorded medicinal use dates back as far as Hippocrates who applied it for internal and external wounds and ulcers.  Even sources from the twelfth century wrote of using propolis for oral infections. Recent studies report its use for inflammation, oral surgery, tooth decay, vaginal infections, cancer prevention, canker sores, and Giardiasis. As a matter of fact, in just the last 30 years, researchers around the world, attracted to its biological and pharmacological properties, have published over 2500 articles on Pubmed alone.  Some ideas for use include ointments and creams in wound healing, treatment of burns, mouthwash for oral health, throat spray, and so much more.

 

Propolis has proven to be an effective antiviral in multiple studies.  For example, in 2000, a study tested a propolis ointment, an antibiotic ointment, and a placebo ointment.  The results showed that the antibiotic ointment and placebo ointment produced similar results in patients with genital herpes.  However, the propolis far outperformed both by almost double. Another study in 2002 proved that a 5% propolis extract resulted in a 50% inhibition of HSV infection.  In addition, in a single‐blind, randomized, 3‐months trial, 135 patients with different types of warts received oral Propolis, Echinacea, or placebo. In patients with plane and common warts treated with Propolis, cure was achieved in 75% and 73% of patients, respectively.

 

Topical propolis has also been shown in human studies to be a well-tolerated and successful therapy for diabetic foot ulcers when applied weekly, showing its effectiveness in wound care.  It has also been found to be effective against Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus spp., and Streptococcus spp.

 

With so many uses for human and honeybee health and tied to increase honey production, what is not to love about this sticky powerhouse substance?  Such a super food should not be frowned upon by beekeepers frustrated with opening their hives, but rather, beekeepers should view propolis as another valued product for bee and human health.

 

"These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."

 

 

Surly, all have heard of Honey Bee losses. Well, I have decided to show you something that the media won't. Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines.

Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines
Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines

Science has been looking for the cause of Honey Bee losses since 1989. A worrisome problem, that if not fixed will continue to grow.

Beekeepers Nation wide suffer with losing 33% of their colonies every year. Although we can make up the losses, it cost and uses a lot of resources.

Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines
Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines

All peer papers show that the main cause of these declines are PESTICIDES. When used correctly, are some what safe for bees.

Directions state not to use when crops are in bloom. Hopefully, AG uses these chemicals in the correct manner.

Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines
Pest Control and Honey Bee Colony Declines

The Honey Bee is an amazing creature, they are the only insect that produces food for humans. Not just food mind you, but medicine as well.

How does exterminators contribute to the Honey Bees staggering declines. Pay close attention, I will explain.

Honey Bees forage 5 miles from their nest to collect food for their young, and storage for winter. Honey Bees sense of smell is better than any hunting dog around. Dogs sense of smell is parts per million, Honey Bees parts per trillion.

These creatures are not only hard working, but opportunistic. When they smell a weaken hive, they will come and remove all the resources. This is called robbing.

In theory, when the exterminator kills or injures a colony of bees, other bees come to rob the left over honey. Honey Bees will travel 5 miles to collect resources for their colony.

In the United Kingdom, they have a low that REQUIRES any pest control company that kills honey bees must remove all the contaminated comb, and dispose of the now hazardous material.

Why? The unsuspecting honey bees bring this poison back to their hive and the whole colony dies. Just one poisoned colony can destroy up to half of the colonies within their 5 mile forage territory.

 

Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey

Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey
Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey

For thousands of years, man has known about the benefits that Honey Bee products bring to the body. Known to the Egyptian and Greeks as medicine, today we call the use of bee products, Apitherapy. Continue reading for the Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey.

Apitherapy, is using honey bee products to recover a living being, Human, Animal and Plants. Bee products used in the art of Apitherapy are, Royal Jelly, Propolis, Pollen. Beeswax, Bee Venom and lastly Honey.

Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey
Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey

At the writing of this post, we in Texas, are in the mesquite flow. This is the main source of nectar in the and around Abilene Tx.

Being almost crystal clear, mesquite honey is one the best in the country. Yet, Honey comes in many different colors and flavors. But, they all have some health properties in common.

Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey
Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey

Let's get into it

1 Blood sugar regulation

Due to the combination of natural fructose and glucose, Honey has been shown to reduce blood sugar.

2 Honey is a natural probiotic

Antioxidants and flavanoids in raw natural honey makes your immune system healthy and improves your cell structure. These same antioxidants and flavanoids helps in 3 reducing the risk of certain cancers

4 Healthy Skin

The Egyptian women would use Honey on their skin to keep it supple and smooth, Honey can also reduce wrinkle give an anti aging effect to the skin.

5 Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial

and 6 reduces ulcers

Honey helps cure acid reflux, keeps ulcers at bay along with other stomach related diseases,

8 Helps with seasonal allergies.

I used to get cedar fever twice a year before I started eating honey. Now I don't even sneeze.

9 Heals wounds

Honey has an enzyme called Glucose oxidase which eats glucose and the by product is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide kills infections and helps wound healing.

10 Easy weight loss

The regular consumption of Honey prevents sugar cravings and boosts your metabolism naturally aiding in weight loss.

There you go, my  Top Ten Health Benefits of Honey

 

Killer Bees Dallas TX, what a load of crap. Look, i'm gonna tell you why and how to tell if Bees are killer bees.

Killer Bees Dallas TX
Killer Bees Dallas TX

My name is Ben, Owner of IRescueBees, and a full time professional Honey Bee extractor. I just recently received an article about Killer Bees in a Allen TX home.

First thing I should let you know is that killer bees in our part of Texas build their nest UNDERGROUND, not in walls, soffits, or under your shed, but UNDERGROUND.

Killer Bees Dallas TX
Killer Bees Dallas TX

Killer bees have a small winter cluster, a winter cluster is when the bees gather together to keep warm. Bee with large winter clusters will build their nest above ground because they can make it through the winter, and are not killer bees.

Bee with a small winter cluster build their nest UNDERGROUND because our winters are to cold, and they would not survive.

Killer Bees Dallas TX
Killer Bees Dallas TX

Any professional Bee removal expert worth his weight in salt will tell you the same thing. These facts are well known in our Business.

Look, I am in the business of bee removals, I can tell you if the guy you hire wants to start in the afternoon run him off, he will neither remove them live let alone relocate them.

I can only do one cutout a day because I must get them out live and then drive them to my apiary and rehive them. This takes a lot of time and effort.

Yet, not everyone in the bee extraction business wants to take the time to save the Bees, when they can call them KILLER BEES and make a bigger profit killing them.

Dallas, their is no need to fear about the so called Killer Bees

In fact, our wild can mitigate worldwide Honey Bee declines.

Killer Bees Dallas TX
Killer Bees Dallas TX

Listen, when you hire a bee removal expert to save your bees, ask him for his TAIS number, if he don't have one run him off. Also, If your bee removal expert suggest killing them, run him off too.

It just chaps my ass when I hear of a so called professional telling folks that they have killer bees, and they should bee killed.

Killer Bees Dallas TX, what a load of BS

Bayer to Save the Bees, Bayer announces a half a million dollars in grants to "FEED A BEE". Sounds pretty great, right?

Bayer to Save the Bees
Bayer to Save the Bees

Since it's founding in 1863, the Bayer group has recently become three subgroups. Bayer HealthCare, Bayer CropScience and Bayer materialsceince.

Bayer has been around for two world wars. Well, on March 9, 2018 the news was released through wraltechwire.com Bayer to Save the Bees using a five hundred thousand dollar FEED A BEE grant program.
Bayer to Save the Bees
Bayer to Save the Bees

These grants have funded FEED A BEE programs in thirty nine States and hopes to cover all fifty States this year. The goal is to find answers to the decline in Honey Bee populations cause by Varroa mite and OTHER FACTORS. Hmm.

Varroa Destructor
Bayer to Save the Bees
Bayer to Save the Bees
This little bug Varroa Destructor has cause many of Beekeeper sorrows. A Honey Bee blood sucking parasite can wipe out entire apiaries in a short amount of time.
Beekeepers throw all types pharmaceuticals in a attempt to save their bees. But, these do not work, and now Lithium is being used.
The simple fact is the so called killer bee, ( by the way, only 100 Americans are killed by bees every year) holds the key to saving Honey Bees from Varroa.
So what are the OTHER FACTORS...
A twenty year study has Scientist alarmed.

Dr. Goulson a professor at the University of Sussex went to the fields of Germany to research flying insect decline. His findings are at the least, concerning.

His study shows that seventy five percent of all flying insect populations have vanished since 1989. The cause is stated by Dr. Goulson as the massive use of pesticides.

Bayer manufactures pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

Bayer to Save the Bees
Bayer to Save the Bees

Bayer knows it screwed up, yet their feed a bee program makes them look like they care. Bayer to Save the Bees. Really?

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This post is a work in progress. Showing you Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018. My name is Ben and these are the swarms I removed and relocated for the year 2018.

(325) 201-8237

Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018
Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018

I am a registered TEXAS beekeeper providing Live Bee Removal for Abilene Tx, Sweetwater  Tx, Brownwood Tx, Eastland Tx and all points in between. All bee removed will be relocated to one of my apiaries in the Big Country.

Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018

This is the first Swarm removal if 2018. Feb. 26 2018 I got a call from Steve Walton at Lawrence Hall Mazda in Abilene Tx.

He said, they weren't here this morning now their stuck to one of are vehicles. They looked quite nice with a metallic green background.

Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018
Honey Bee Swarm Removal Abilene Tx 2018

Our world has become a playground for drug resistant superbugs. Now science has turned to HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited.

HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited
HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited

I am not just talking about any Honey, but raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized Honey. Raw Honey still contains bits of propolis, pollen and traces of royal jelly suspended in it.

Honey Bees travel many miles in search of blooms to extract the sweet nectar from. They carry their bounty back to the nest and process it into honey.

HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited
HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited

Nectar is rich in plant source enzymes and other healthy constituents. Honey Bees will mix in their enzymes and place the concoction into specialized cells and the excess moisture is evaporated off.

Honey along with other Bee products have been used as medicine from antiquity. In fact, products of the hive were medicine then.

HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited
HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited

Yet, all that was forsaken for petrochemical pharmceutical drugs. Which has led us to drug resistant superbugs.

Lets take MRSA as a example.

MRSA, found mostly in hospitals eats away the flesh of unsuspecting patients. Turning to Doctors for help they become infected with this horrendous infection.

National Geographic News did a story on how Honey was being used to slow MRSA infections and aid in the killing of the bacteria.

Honey is commonly used in medical practices as a antibacterial agent, anti inflammatory and anti oxidant. Honey contains many enzymes such as oxidase peroxide, catalase, amylase and phosphorylase along with trace vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Clinical trails of Honey have shown promise as a anti depressant. As well as other physiological maladies due to honey containing gluamic acid, aspartic acid and proline.

You should read the study by Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences published on Science Direct for a much deeper look into HONEY An Ancient Remedy Revisited.

 

 

Lyme Disease Infections have become epidemic in recent years. Traditional treatments don't seem to be effective. Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers a new study suggests just that.

Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers
Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers

People that are commonly infected with Lyme disease spend time outdoors. Activities that increase risk of infection include playing in grass or woods, hiking and camping.

Of course you shouldn't let Lyme stop you from being outdoors. Lyme is preventable, it is said that the tick must be on you for 24 to 48 hours in order to transmit Lyme infection.

Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers
Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers

Antibiotics are quickly becoming an ineffective treatment and Lyme builds resistance to treatment. Lyme symptoms is a life long tragedy for those infected.

Symptoms of Lyme infection include brain fog, drooping face, muscle and joint pain, poor sleep, mood swings and depression. These symptoms are sometimes misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer.

Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers
Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers

A recent study suggest that mellitin/bee venom may relieve these symptoms. This study comes from Lyme Disease Research Group, University of New Haven, West Haven CT.

You can read the full study and mdpi.com

This study basically shows that most antibiotics used in the treatment of Lyme helps a little, but does not help with the recent antibiotic resistance straim/

In fact the study shows that Bee Venom had significant effects on the tested forms of the disease.

Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers
Could Bee Venom Relieve Lyme Disease Sufferers

Bee venom has been used as a antimicrobial and antibiotic for over 6000 years. It's use as medicine is well documented and the Lyme Disease Research Group decided to put it to the test.

Again, you can read the full study at mdpi.com

Throughout my years studying Honey Bees, studies like these still amaze me. To think that such a small insect could provide health and healing in our high tech world.

Talk about the canary in the coal mine, scientist are using Honey bees to gather data on our climate. NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees has been going on since 2009.

NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees
NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees

The weather chaos in 2017 was a roller coaster ride for sure. Extended droughts in the west followed by massive wildfires, Houston and Florida hurricanes followed up with heavy snow in the north not to mention Florida's winter storms will affect those areas honey bee populations.

NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees
NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees

As of today it is unseasonably warm in Texas for Feb. This early winter warming will have it's effect on Honey Bee colonies.

When temps get to 50 Honey Bees begin to fly look for food. When they can not find it they eat their stores and the brood patch is not increased.

As a matter of fact, my associates in the south experienced low wild Honey Bee populations along with smaller than average honey stores. This is the way it was for the 2017 bee removal season.

I wanted to attribute the slow year to Zika spraying, but i'm not so sure now. In a article put out by Texas A&M extension service we read of Dr. Wayne Esaias. Read the full report at the link above.

Dr. Wayne Esaias a NASA biologist began beekeeping in 1992. It was easy for him at first but within a few years he began to experience colony losses.
Nation wide beekeepers lose about 33% of their colonies each year. And every beekeeper/scientist wants to know why.
We in the industry have found that their many factors to this enigma. From bee diseases and parasitic mites to habitat loss and AG chemicals.
Yet, now we can add climate chaos to the picture. It just seems that we are the ones that are causing all this.
Want to learn more about Dr. Wayne Esasia the NASA Biologist Measuring Climate Change With Honey Bees go to the following link.

Texas A&M Extension