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Common Bee Diseases

Common Bee Diseases

Varroa Mites

These parasites attack both adult and larvae bees. They suck the blood of honeybees, weakening them and shortening their lifespan. If your bees display signs such as missing legs or wings, it is possible you that have varroa mites. The mites seem to prefer drone brood, so inspection will help to prevent them. Apistan seems to work best on them, although disinfecting medicines should not be used during honey flow or if honey will be shortly harvested for human consumption.

Foulbrood

American Foulbrood is caused by Bacillus larvae that kill sealed broods of honeybees. European Foulbrood is slightly less disastrous but will still deform and kill larvae. To prevent foulbrood, spray a disinfecting medicine in the spring and fall. Terramycin is commonly used, although any disinfecting medicine should not be used during honey flow or if you plan on eating the honey in the hive at a future date. If it is too late for prevention, you will need to destroy the colony and possibly the hive.

CCD

It is undeterminable what causes colony collapse disorder (CCD), although researchers have suggested that it is the presence of both the fungus Nosema ceranae and the virus invertebrate iridescent virus (IIV) in the hive. Currently, there is no solution to this problem other than burning the hive once the colony has been infected.

Wintering Your Bees

You can wrap your hives up for the winter, although sometimes this is not recommended, as wrapping could literally trap the bees. Help your bees defend their entrances from mice and other creatures that may be looking for a winter home. Entrance reducers are available to buy, although as long as the opening is about 3/8 of an inch high and 3 to 4 inches long, you should be able to keep everything out. This will also help them in the spring, as stronger colonies may try to steal from weaker ones.

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Palm Beach County: Queen Bee Removal

Queen Bee Removal
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Queen Bee: Proper Transportation of the Queen Bee, The most important part of a live bee removal process is ensuring the Queen Bee is removed from the hive along with all the other bees. A bee colony can contain thousands of bees; which makes it imperative to remove the Queen Bee so the bees don’t come back.

Making sure all the surrounding area where the bees came in is cleaned out will often usually ensure that the bees don’t come back.

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Bee Stings

Bee stings most commonly occur when a person may unknowingly disturb a nest. While bees are passive and just want to be left alone, like many insects.

Bee Stings

Respectfully, each bee has a specific role that they play and there are some bees in hives that are designated to protect the nest. Many times the protector bees will fly out in a swam and attack any perceived threat they sense. There are some bee species that are particularly aggressive.  Listed here are are some types of bees considered aggressive.

Bees are different than other stinging insects. Bees have a barbed stinger that causes it to become stuck in the skin of the person when stung. This causes the stinger to rip out of the bee when it flies off, killing it.

Wasps and hornets have smooth stinger that allow them to sting again and again, there by living a little longer than bees.

Most people find the sting painful, but other than some redness and maybe some swelling, the injury will heal. For a select few, however, the reaction to the bee sting can cause a severe allergic reaction that can cause difficulty breathing and anaphylactic shock that can be life threatening.

Some tips when dealing with Bee Stings or when near swarms of Bees.

  • Run away as fast as you can and seek a stable shelter such as a home, shed or something sturdy.
  • Do not jump in water as bees will wait for you to come up for air.
  • Make sure that the stingers are removed as quickly as possible because they will continue to pump venom.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 

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Protect Your Home from Swarming Bees

Protect Your Home from Swarming Bees

Swarming Bees: Generally mid-March until the beginning of July is Swarming Beesconsidered the typical bee swarming season in the United States. Often times during this season, honey bees start to collect pollen to feed on and to store for the upcoming winter season.

A swarm is a big ball of bees, usually outside, could be in a tree and a garden planter etc.

They are very easy to remove and should be removed a.s.a.p. before they find an entryway into your home. They can move into your home within a couple of hours, causing much more damage and cost more to remove.

Tips: Protect Your Home from Swarming Bees

 

  • Always discourage bees and wasps by eliminating favorable nest sites. Use an appropriate sealant to fill cracks and holes in walls and trees. Remove any trash or debris that might serve as a shelter, such as overturned clay pots. Ground- nesting insects can be discouraged by allowing the soil to dry out completely, and by mulching or planting a ground cover over large patches of bare ground.
  • Always apply paint or varnish to outdoor wooden structures preventing swarming bees and insects a place to enter and nest.
  • Consider the water sources in your yard and eliminate the unnecessary ones. Put screens over rain spouts and water meter boxes. A few ounces of pine scented cleaner can be placed into evaporate coolers to discourage bee swarming and insects, and for pet water and birdbaths two tablespoons of vinegar per gallon is somewhat effective.
  • Around your home entrances apply insulation around door frames and seal around window frames, protecting against swarming bees.
  • Cover food when eating outdoors.
  • Gather up rotting fruit dropped from trees.
  • Seal garbage cans leaving no place for Bees to swarm.
  • Do not aggravate bees or wasps by swatting at them. They can react defensively.
  • All Attics and vents around your home should be screened and sealed, keeping insects and bees out.

Watch: News Channel 5 Video on Swarming Bees

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Residents in Jupiter neighborhood wants beehive removed

Jupiter neighborhood wants beehive removed

A Jupiter neighborhood wants beehive removed – Michael Littlejohn says he was mowing the lawn a few days ago. Before he knew it, he had been stung several times by bees.


Michael said, “Behind here on my ear and behind my scalp and on my neck. The ones on my neck I think I got quick enough so I was able to pull the stinger away. But on my head the stingers were left in there and I tried to wipe them out and they were sticking to my fingers.” Michael  says his neighbors also recently stung.

The tree where the bee hive is located is on a different piece of property. It’s right behind Littlejohn’s property. There is an alleyway between both pieces of land but he’s still concerned that if children or adults walk through this alley, someone else could be stung.

NewsChannel 5 contacted beekeeper Brian Moore to find out what kinds of bees they are. He said they are honey bees, possibly Africanized Honey Bees. “There is a beehive inside the hollow of the tree and there’s probably 30 to 50 thousand and they are honey bees,” he said.

Africanized Honey Bees, Jupiter neighborhood wants beehive removed

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Brian says it’s a scary situation. “Well, if it’s not removed properly the scent from the beehive is going to be in there and it’s going to be an attraction for bees.

The trees keep growing and they blow in the wind and if you block the holes up, the holes will open up in time and the tree will wind up getting bees back again.”

The beekeeper started removing the bees Monday evening.  The neighborhood residents were relived and happy that all the bees were removed, freeing the neighborhood of the beehive and all its’ bees.

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