Bees' Bad News: Remove Unwanted Hives Instead Of Ruining Them

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Another bee season is here. With warm temperatures building throughout the nation, bees are out collecting pollen and nectar to bring back to busy hives. This means not only are you more likely to get stung than a few months ago, but you also may discover a chilling buzz around the property on which you are working: a hive. Before calling for the pesticide, however, bee experts want you to know two things: bees are in danger right now, and professional hive removal is key.

Busy bees bolster the economy

While an unplanned beehive on a property is a nuisance, bees are important to the economy. Because bees not only make honey but also pollinate important crops like apples, berries, and tomatoes, they are integral to every house in the country. In fact, bees pollinate 30% of the food Americans consume every day. They contribute an estimated $16 billion to the economy through their role in food production. Almonds, for example, a $2.2 billion product in America, are a crop entirely pollinated by bees. Ninety percent of apples, next in line as a $2.1 billion annual product, are bee-pollinated.

Bad days for bees

However, bees have had a rough go of it the past few years. Back in 2006, some beekeepers lost 30-90% of their hives. Losses over the next five years averaged about 30 percent. This year, 42% of colonies disappeared. This was the second-highest loss in the previous five years and an eight percent increase over the previous two years. Further, 2014 was the first in which summer losses exceeded winter losses. Bee experts believe this is even more bad news, indicating that bees are failing in the season during which they are traditionally the most healthy and active.

The causes for colony dissipation are varied, including stress, the disease-carrying Varroa mite, and a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD). The group of factors involved have created a perfect storm--or perfect swarm, if you will--of vulnerabilities in the bee population all over the country.

The issue is so important that President Obama allocated $50 million of the 2015 budget to study and remedy the pollination problem. The allocation provides for a Pollinator Health Task Force to

  • study the causes of colony destruction
  • build up bee populations around the country
  • increase the federal land set aside for pollinator habitats
  • educate the public about the importance of bee preservation

Bad news for business

As you can see, America needs bees. In fact, without them, grocery stores would look dramatically different. Shelves would lack

  • dairy products such as milk, yogurt, butter, and cheese
  • vegetables such as carrots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and bok choy
  • fruits such as raspberries, tangerines, cantaloupes, and pears
  • nuts such as macadamia nuts, cashews, and sesame seeds
  • coffee

These are just a few of the items that rely on bee pollination. A reduced number of crops, pollinated by a limited number of bees, will also mean a dramatic increase in grocery prices.

Respect the bees

With all this in mind, perhaps you are looking a little differently at that unwanted beehive hanging under roof eaves or entrenched in an outbuilding. Rather than spraying a pesticide into the hive, pounding it with a two by four, or pumping smoke into it, call a pest control company to remove the hive instead. Besides killing valuable bees, trying to eradicate a hive without professional assistance is just going to get you stung. A pest control professional will safely take the hive off the property and relocate it to a beekeeper. This way the bees can do what they do best, and so can you.

For more information, contact a local pest control company. 

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17 July 2015

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