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There’s nothing worse than discovering your bees have been poisoned.
The once busy entrance, now silent with only a few twitching bees in
carpet of dead below. The suddenness of a colony lost to pesticide
poisoning is shocking. What follows is often heartbreaking, humbling and
infuriating. So, how do you know if your colony has been poisoned? What
do you do if it happens and how can you prevent it if it hasn’t yet?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to protect
your bees and other pollinators from this terrible ordeal.
Recognizing Pesticide Poisoning
Since honey bees will fly up to three miles to forage, urban
beekeepers are particularly at risk form pesticides. Unlike agricultural
settings, most urban and suburban homeowners are free to use pesticides
without restrictions, licensing or instruction. If one of your
neighbors uses a pesticide improperly, it can devastate nearby beehives.
The improper use of a pesticide can include: using too much, applying
it to plants when they are in bloom, or applying it at the wrong time of
day. It’s important to understand that the majority of these incidents
happen as a result of ignorance, not malice. Many simply fail to read
instructions before using the product they buy and do so without an
understanding of the consequences their actions have.