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Despite the 2014-2015 drop in managed colony loses the Honey Bee Crisis Far From Over

Honey Bee Crisis Far From Over
Honey Bee Crisis Far From Over

With the recent report from Southwest FarmPress showing a small drop in managed colony loses, nothing is said about our wild honey bee population.

IRescueBees and our associates specialize in wild honey bee removal and relocation. When you need professional help with honey bees and bumbles bees we can help.

As you read the report keep in mind that their numbers come from managed colonies. But, their is a large wild honey bee population that needs to be addressed.

Honey Bee Crisis Far From Over
Honey Bee Crisis Far From Over

Wild honey bees support our local environment by pollinating urban and rural areas where there are no beekeepers. With out these pollinators our cities and countryside would be barren, void of flowers.

These bees are subject to all the disease and pesticides that managed colonies are and more. The biggest threat to out wild honey bees is the EXTERMINATOR.

Yes, I said it. The exterminator is the only thing that managed honey bee colonies are protected from.

With that said lets get to the report from Southwest FarmPress

What's all the buzz about? Honey bee decline slows, but demand remains high

Honey bees and agriculture have a symbiotic relationship. Universities and nonprofits are conducting research to combat honeybee decline worldwide...

Lets debunk some myths and address our Unfounded Fear Killer Bees

Unfounded Fear Killer Bees
Unfounded Fear Killer Bees

I have been telling people for years that Killer bees is just a marketing tool for the Pest Control Companies. In fact exterminating honey bees is a half a billion dollar and year business.

Articles are written with only part of the story. Like, Two horses killed by angry swarm of killer bees. When the other side of the story  is that the exterminator did his job wrong and got the horses killed.

Or how about, L.A. neighborhood under attack by swarms of killer bees. What is not reported is that the owner of the tree the bees were in tried to save a buck by spraying the hive with wasp and hornet spray.

Unfounded Fear Killer Bees
Unfounded Fear Killer Bees

All bees will protect their nest, including Bumble Bees. A swarm of bees has on hive to protect and therefore will not attack.

Even a swarm of killer bees are very calm when in swarm mode. It is when the nest is disturbed that trouble can start. This is true with any stinging insect.

Well I came across an report from Newsday read the full story.

Bees are not out to kill

Unveiling the myth of Africanised Part II
So why are people really afraid of Africanised bees? One reason is their predisposition to swarming. Many people have the misconception that swarming is how bees attack. Swarming is in fact the means by which bees find a suitable site for their colony. Workers scout for a suitable location, and when one is found, the queen along with 60 percent of the workers leave the colony to take up residence and establish a colony at the new site. The workers that are left behind care for the developing queen who will then lead their colony. So that swarming is actually good for beekeepers (once it can be controlled) as it creates more colonies and increases the honey production of the apiary.
However, the term “killer bees” is misleading since just as with European bees, Africanised honey bees are not out to kill but defend their colonies. Swarming bees are not aggressive as they have no colony to defend. They are also not physically able to sting since they have engorged themselves with honey in order to make the trip and found the new colony.

IrescueBee would like to thank Newsday for this report

IRescuebees and our associates are seasoned professional not a bunch of hobbyist. We can handle any bee situation safely and we do not run away.

For the best bee removal experts in the country see our service area page. We also remove and relocate Bumble Bees.

Lets stop this Unfounded Fear Killer Bees I mean really it just lines the pockets of the exterminators.

This approach is one that I think all cities should take. Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction

Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction
Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction

Before we get into the article published in 2011 by the Statesman an Austin paper, we should look at the REPORTED bee decline numbers. Estimated colony losses are currently at thirty percent a year.

Where do these numbers come from...

USDA colony loss estimates are gathered from insurance companies that paid colony loss claims. Which means, that their numbers were gathered from commercial beekeepers that insure their hives.

Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction
Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction

These losses are attributed to Honey bee diseases and pesticide use.

Yes, commercial beekeepers are able to make up their losses, but at a cost. Meaning, they need to charge more for pollinating crops that the farmer passes on to the consumer.

Therefore, the reported loss percentage you see in the news is not a true accounting of honey bee colony losses. Totally underestimate.

What do you mean Ben...

IRescueBees and our associates specialize in wild honey bee removals. This gives us first hand understanding of the wild honey bee population.

In need of bee removal services go here.
Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction
Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction

Now, we know that thirty percent of managed colonies die every year and the beekeepers of those colonies are able to make up there losses. Not so with the wild honey bee populations.

Wild Honey Bees are affected by the same diseases and pesticides that kill managed colonies. Yet, there is no beekeeper to make up the losses, or even treat them to keep them healthy.

This fact alone changes the loss percentage to at least sixty percent. There is one other factor killing the wild honey bee population that does not kill managed colonies.

EXTERMINATORS, the one thing that managed colonies protected from.

Lets use Abilene Tx for this example...

According to census, Abilene Tx has a population of 122,225 and growing. In the phone book under the heading BEE REMOVAL, there are six exterminator listed that DO NOT remove and relocated live wild honey bees.

I heard one of them proudly say that he was killing five to seven colonies a week. At five colonies killed a week that equals two hundred sixty colonies a year. Times that by six honey bee killing exterminators ( that we know of ) that equals one thousand five hundred sixty pr year killed in Abilene Texas alone.

Now, lets multiply that by two thousand cities with the same or higher population and we come up with over three million colonies killed every year by exterminators.

Mind you these are wild bee colonies not managed. There is no one to make up these losses.

When Cities and States lose their wild bee population they will need to pay a commercial beekeeper to pollinate their environment and citizen gardens. By the way, hive rental is currently two hundred fifty dollars each. That is for just one season that is only two or so weeks long.

Lets look at a few headlines...

From Newsweek oct 19 2017 read the full story 

 FLYING INSECT NUMBERS FALL BY 75 PERCENT: WE ARE CREATING A 'PROFOUNDLY IMPOVERISHED WORLD'

Insects form the basis of many ecosystems, providing food for around 60 percent of bird species and playing a crucial role in pollinating wild plants. A decline in their numbers has the potential to cause huge disruption to the food chain—the valued of the “ecosystem services” provided by wild insects is estimated to be $57 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
Understanding insect numbers and the reasons behind changes to them is therefore vital to ensuring food security..

From LOGISTICS VIEWPOINTS  we read

The Latest Buzz on Bees and the Supply Chain

The UN has been collecting data on “pollinators” over the last few years. And while there are a number of both invertebrate (bees, butterflies, other insects) and vertebrate pollinators (birds), bees make up the lion’s share of this category. In fact, bees account for approximately 80 percent of all pollination worldwide, and a single colony can pollinate up to 300 million flowers each day. While most grains are pollinated by the wind, 70 of the top 100 food crops consumed by humans worldwide are pollinated by bees. It is estimated that one out of every three bites of food consumed by humans was pollinated by bees.
Unfortunately, according to the UN’s research, the number of pollinators is shrinking. It says that two out of five species of invertebrate pollinators now face extinction, and one in six of the vertebrate pollinators do as well. There are conflicting ideas as to what exactly is killing off the bee population. Some people blame the increased use of insecticides, which are not selective in what insects they kill. Others blame climate change or increased disease for the decline in the bee population. Another theory looks at deforestation and habitat loss as the primary driver behind the population decline. Whatever the reason, the only thing that matters is that the population is declining, and the food supply chain will feel the impact.

Where do the wild honey bee colonies come from, nobody knows or cares..

Now, for the Statesman article.. Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction
with the number of bees declining in Austin and across the country at alarming rates, Martinez now views bees differently.
He would like the city to emphasize the removal, not destruction, of unwanted colonies, while ensuring public health and safety. The City Council is likely to ask City Manager Marc Ott today to identify laws that may contribute to the decline of bee colonies and draft changes that protect those colonies.
The city manager would report back to the council within 45 days, and the council would approve any new ordinances.
"In some cases, (destroying the bees) is the only way, but in many and most cases, if you have a trained beekeeper and a trapper, the situation can be mitigated without harm, and the bees can be removed and put in a place where they can pollinate and create honey," Martinez said.

Read the full story from the Statesman here.

Yes, Austin Looks To Promote Bee Removal Not Destruction we can get behind it...

Just another reason to know your Beekeeper. Global Honey Supplies Contaminated

Global Honey Supplies Contaminated
Global Honey Supplies Contaminated

Really, this stuff does not look safe to me. They claim it is safe for you and pollinating insects.

Now, seventy five percent of the worlds honey supplies are contaminated with pesticides a new article shows.

When buying honey you need to know your beekeeper. Ask the beekeeper questions about the source of the honey.

Beekeepers that sell their honey know exactly the source of their honey. Not knowing where the honey comes from can make you and your family sick.

Here is a few excerpts from CommonDreams article published 10-06-17 You can read the full story here.
Raising further concerns about the global food production system, a new study found that bees worldwide are being widely exposed to dangerous agricultural chemicals, with 75 percent of honey samples from six continents testing positive for pesticides known to harm pollinators.
"What this shows is the magnitude of the contamination," the study's lead author, Edward Mitchell, a biology professor at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, told the Denver Post. He said there were "relatively few places where we did not find any" contaminated samples.
For the study, published in the journal Science, Mitchell's team of researchers examined nearly 200 samples for the five most commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics.

Remarkably mega farms are still spraying this stuff, contaminating our food supplies globally. Lets continue.

"It is definitely scary for honeybees and other bees and useful insects," Aebi said. "We have up to five molecules in one single sample. From a risk assessment point of view, the evaluation of the risk is made from one single compound in one test organism. So the cocktail is not tested. Mixed effects should be taken seriously."
The impact on bees of continuing to use these pesticides is expected to have widespread consequences.
"In 2014, a global assessment of neonicotinoids concluded that their widespread use was putting the global food production system at risk," the Guardian notedon Thursday. An updated assessment that is slated to appear in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research found even stronger evidence that the insecticides are harmful, and reportedly concludes: "The consequences are far reaching and cannot be ignored any longer."

Read the full story here. Thank you Commondreams

IRescueBees beekeeping adventures,  Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx

For live bee removal and relocation Haskell Tx

Call (325) 201-8237

Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx
Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx
Down the road from Haskell Tx, tucked in the middle of cotton fields is a little school. Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx

Paint Creek school district was established in 1937. Wayne Perry suggested the district be named after a small creek in the area.

This same school that Former Texas Governor Rick Perry graduated in 1968 is the site of our latest adventure.

The school principal call us stating that on of their outbuildings was full of bees. He said there was several colonies and they had to go before school started.

Their exterminator did not want to do it because the out building was old and veneered with rock. Too many places for the bees to run making spraying ineffective.

Well there were a total of seven colonies. One on the east side, three on the north and three on the west.

Noah and I removed them all safely and relocated all colonies to our apiary. It was a lot of work but we got it done.

Enjoy the pictures.

Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell TxPaint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx

 

Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx
East side
For all your  Paint Creek ISD Bee Removal Haskell Tx  IRescueBees is all you need.

Contact Ben Kazyaka IRescueBees owner at 325- 201-8237, I am always ready to save some bees.

Did you know...

 I have been keeping bees in the Big Country since the year 2000. I have removed bees from lots of strange places.

From old tires and barrels even rolls of carpet. It is always an adventure for my helper and myself.

I started doing bee removals around 2012 and I have been busy ever since. Except winter.

Please feel free to read about IRescueBees history on our home page and enjoy our blog.

Currently we have many others that have joined IRescueBees, you can learn about them on our IRescueBees bee removal service area page.

In the battle to keep your colonies healthy there is  New Study Provides Hope Against American Foulbrood.

New Study Provides Hope Against American Foulbrood
New Study Provides Hope Against American Foulbrood

Foulbrood has become a beekeepers nightmare. When a colony is infected most will treat with antibiotics.

Sadly the medications do not work anymore. Basically, if your colony is infected you should burn it right away to save your other colonies.

Hopefully, it has not spread to other colonies. An easily spread bacterium that has and can wipe out entire apiaries.

New Study Provides Hope Against American Foulbrood
New Study Provides Hope Against American Foulbrood
New Study Provides Hope Against American Foulbrood excerpts taken from Entomologytoday.org read the full report..
She lifts the lid on her carefully tended hive and is greeted with a whiff of rotting flesh. Further inspection finds that the young bees of the colony, who should be plump, pearly-white larvae, have melted into a puddle of brownish goo at the bottom of their cells. This colony is infected with American foulbrood disease—most likely a death sentence.
If she’s very lucky, she may be able to save the colony with a course of antibiotics, but the drugs don’t always work, and the disease is highly contagious. To save nearby colonies from infection, the beekeeper may be required burn the entire hive, bees and all.
American foulbrood disease, or AFB, is caused by the Paenibacillus larvaebacterium, a difficult-to-control and highly destructive pathogen found worldwide. In a study published last week in the open-access Journal of Insect Science, Israel Alvarado, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), explore whether blocking the germination of P. larvae spores is an effective way to treat this infection...
Still, much works needs to be done before beekeepers can start using 5-chloroindole. A practical method to get 5-chloroindole to the larvae must be developed—for instance, as a food supplement for the colony. In addition, researchers must determine how long 5-chloroindole persists in the wax and honey stored by a treated colony. Nevertheless, it is a promising development in the battle against AFB. If the researchers find continued success, beekeepers may soon be armed with a more effective, less drastic treatment for AFB, and fewer bee hives will be sent to the burn pile..

We would like to thank Entomologytoday.orgfor this interesting report.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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