Neonicotinoids Use Restrictions Enacted, Beekeepers Rejoice

World Organic News

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Neonicotinoids restrictions enacted in Ontario have beekeepers in Canada rejoicing, and their peers in others regions and nations hopeful for similar legislation. The Ontarioneonicotinoids restrictions state that the chemical pesticides popular with biotech giants like Monsanto will be restricted by 80 percent by 2017.

A 2014 Harvard study states that neonicotinoids – the dominant ingredient found in many popular insecticides which treat much of the corn in the U.S. — are to blame for honeybee colony collapse disorder. Honeybees provide pollination for 70 percent of the food we grow to eat. Bees don’t pollinate corn, but the pollen drifts elsewhere, where it makes contact with bees.

The Harvard honeybee study was published in the Bulletin of Insectology. The university scientists studied 18 honeybee colonies in Massachusetts for about one year, and reviewed how even low doses of two types of neonicotinoids — clothianidin and imidacloprid — impacted healthy…

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  1. Dave Butterfield

    Wanted to say that I have enjoyed your articles on beekeeping. It’s a very helpful on-ramp to raising bees naturally. We are planting fruit trees, gardening and learning to grow plants that attract honey bees that will work in our area. It’s not something that can be done overnight. We are trying to keep it as organic as we can. A group of us started raising bees last spring. We started with three hives from nucs that came from Western California, I believe. We as a team have been going to our local beekeepers association classes. We have also had the opportunity to be involved in a mentor program through a scholarship awarded to a teenager on our team. It has been fun and we’ve learned a lot. This is our first year of beekeeping and we ended up with a little more than 90 lbs of extra honey above what our bees need for the winter and three strong hives with lots of bees using only powdered sugar for varroa mite control as of yet. The mite levels in one of the hives was 20 mites in 300 bees and yet we need to learn how and where to draw the line. The article you wrote on preparing your bees for winter is making us look at this in regard to using essential oils for varroa mite control. One source that I am looking into that you suggested is Mel Disselkoen, getting all the online articles I can find . I am looking into his suggestions, his teachings and his book and I’m thinking that maybe we need what Doolittle and others back then were using. What is killing the bees? Mel stated that it is time for beekeepers to get away from the pharisaical drug industry and get back to the natural.
    My question is on preparing your hives for winter, A recipe for mite control and hive health. I have been trying to find the link of the research for this application and would value your comment. The neat part of all this is not learning for one’s self but to teach others and pass it on to the next generation.

    Other Sources that I have been looking into are:
    From the WVU Mite Control in Honey Bee Hives
    With Essential Oils & Formic Acid Fumigation
    Last update: 25 March 2010
    Tracheal Mite control: grease patties
    (Have you tried this process? My own thoughts about using this paste would be late fall during winter at certain timing, yet we don’t want to use chemicals.)
    Results of Research: Using Essential Oils for Honey Bee Mite Control
    Jim Amrine, Bob Noel, Harry Mallow, Terry Stasny, Robert Skidmore
    (Last Updated: December 30, 1996)
    Essential Oils have Two Modes of Action:
    “1) Toxicity by direct contact:
    When varroa mites contact essential oils such as wintergreen, patchouli, tea tree oil, et al., mixed into oil or grease, they are killed on contact–usually within a few minutes.
    We had several colonies that were treated with tracking strips and grease patties only, and we saw resurgence of varroa mites, especially when bee populations were at their peak, lots of brood was present, and when the bees occupied many supers as well as two brood chambers. However, we also had several colonies that were treated with the tracking strips and grease patties, and the bees were continually fed syrup + essential oils at the entrance; in these colonies very few varroa mites were found. Those few that were found appeared to have come into the colonies on drifting bees.”
    Again I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you might have in these areas.
    Thank you, Dave Butterfield


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