Despite the critical situation of bees throughout the United States, the number of beekeepers has significantly increased, meaning that there is a growing interest in beekeeping.
The number of beekeepers has grown with over 1,000 since 2014, reaching a statewide record of 4,000. Furthermore, around 63,000 honeybees colonies and 6,000 bee yards were registered in 2015.
According to Gary Carns, Midstate beekeeper, taking care of bees is a laborious process that is fueled only by love, dedication and attention to details. If you think that having a hive is just about collecting honey and producing money, then you are making a huge mistake.
Carns confessed that beekeeping occupies all of his time because he wants his bees to be healthy and strong. Furthermore, he has 300 honeybee hives and several farms and fields near Halifax.
Everyone is aware of the fact that bee population has been on a decline since 1990’s because of environmental threats, such as the use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals that kill more bees than winter does.
Plus, there is the problem of mites that can transmit viruses to bees, leading to the death of the entire hive. Nevertheless, beekeepers found a couple of strategies and developed some techniques designed to tackle the vast range of these problems.
Still, the statistics show that thirty percent of the beehives are lost every year, due to all of these causes. Carns figured out that his hives would have better chances of survival if he placed them near fields where natural bee food had not been infested with mites, herbicides, and pesticides.
In other words, the ideal area would be to avoid crops that are already treated with these unhealthy chemicals. A bee needs an average of two and a half miles of pollinating area in order to do its ‘job.’
Therefore, unconventional methods might actually pay off. The results are that bees stay healthy, and the environment won’t suffer. It is already known that bees are the primary pollinators. Without them, there would be a critical imbalance in the world’s ecosystem. It means that people should be highly aware of this problem and do their best to bring their contribution to restoring the bees’ population.
Carns believes that if the future generation of beekeepers will account for these problems, bees will have a brighter future as well.
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