PESTICIDES

One of the most deadly hazards to bees comes from humans in the form of pesticides. Bees are insects and chemicals designed to kill insects do not make exceptions for honey bees. Unfortunately, since honey bees will forage for miles, avoiding spraying on your own property often isn’t enough.

SOLUTION

It can be difficult to convince your neighbor to avoid the use of pesticides. You are welcome to try and you may succeed to some extent, but if you don’t, the next most important thing is to compromise and keep the lines of communication open.

Ask your neighbor to let you know when they will be spraying. If a lot of chemicals are involved, you can move your bees at least three miles away from the area for the day. If that’s not feasible – and it will rarely be so – you can drape wet burlap over the hives during the time of spraying to discourage your bees from going out.

pesticides

PESTICIDES KILL HONE BEES RIGHT ALONG WITH THE INTENDED HARMFUL INSECTS.

If you have to spray on your property, be sure to opt for pesticides that are less long-lasting.

Many brands have less than eight hours of residual toxicity. If you spray in the evening, it will kill harmful pests overnight and be gone by morning when the bees begin foraging again.

Of course, the best approach is simply to avoid pesticides.