Where have all the bees gone?

News headlines of late are sounding a disturbing alarm. Where have all the Bees Gone?
The culprits range from weather to pesticides but no one really seems to know why. What we do know is that if the bees are to be wiped out we’d take a 14 billion dollar hit on farmers crops. Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have.Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons.The scramble to figure out what to do next in order to insure nations and worlds food supply is in full gear.

Apparently this same thing happened back in the early 90’s and the bees were being killed by a parasite. Bees do not have great resistances in their gene make up and their gregarious nature helps problems like these spread.

The most likely scenarios seem to be a combination of weather extremes reported widely of bee researchers in Maryland to a parasite found throughout the world that now seems to have spread to Canada.The parasite is common in Asian bees and has spread to Europe and the Americas. The microscopic parasite is called ‘nosema ceranae’. Scientists have examined thousands of samples from stricken hives in many countries. The beginning premise was that it was pesticides causing the problems with the bees. Soon this was ruled out in that only small traces in a tiny percentage of the bees sampled had any lethal doses. Also some bee hives were dying miles away from any cultivated lands which would have no known exposure to pest control products. The spores of a parasite called ‘nosema apis’ were present in most samples but that certain parasite would only be active in wet weather and these bees were dying in dry as well as wet conditions. At that time it was decided to do a DNA test and it was found that ‘ceranae’ which is a deviant of ‘apis’ was found. This parasite can live in cold,wet and dry weather and a hive can be infected in 2 months and the hive will die in a couple of days thereafter. Although test have not as yet been done in American bee hives it is certain that this parasite is a main culprit of the worlds bee elimination.

Treatment for ‘nosema ceranae’ is effective and cheap but what remains an obstacle is bee keepers resistance to recognize this problem and it’s solution. It seems the blame is more on the side of weather conditions and mans pesticide applications which at the very least is lowering the bees resistance. Either way we need to solve this dilema so we can continue to enjoy the benefits one of natures perfect insects. Bees.

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Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • http://www.propacificbee.com Ben

    Good article. It seemed that you are interested in delivering the facts (whatever they may be) rather than going out to screaming and scaring like the mainscream media. Thanks!

    Orange County Bee Removal

  • http://www.propacificbee.com Ben

    Good article. It seemed that you are interested in delivering the facts (whatever they may be) rather than going out to screaming and scaring like the mainscream media. Thanks!

    Orange County Bee Removal

  • admin

    The true answer hasn’t been found yet that I’ve heard but more and more evidence rules out pesticides. How is the bee population doing where you are? Your site is very good.

  • Ladybird Medicine Woman

    Thanks for the information. I live in the inner northwest Washington. My garden is in bloom but not one bee seen. I did hear what I thaught was a hive. Upon reflection, I observered what I thaught was a “bumbble” being killed and carried off by another larger “bumbble”.
    Also I’ve noticed a “asip”
    Any sugesstions on help with pollanation?

  • Ladybird Medicine Woman

    Thanks for the information. I live in the inner northwest Washington. My garden is in bloom but not one bee seen. I did hear what I thaught was a hive. Upon reflection, I observered what I thaught was a “bumbble” being killed and carried off by another larger “bumbble”.
    Also I’ve noticed a “asip”
    Any sugesstions on help with pollanation?

  • The Bug Doctor

    Goodness, no bees?
    I hope this is a trend that will change ASAP for you. I might suggest you contact a bee farm and see if they can help. I know large agricultural farms contract out to have bees brought in but I don’t know any costs or if there is a size or acreage minimum.

    I’m not sure what an Asip is besides some ‘gene’ research (way over my head) but did you mean Apis? I don’t think you do because that would mean you’ve seen a Honey bee– Either way I hope you have 10000’s of bees in your garden soon.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Goodness, no bees?
    I hope this is a trend that will change ASAP for you. I might suggest you contact a bee farm and see if they can help. I know large agricultural farms contract out to have bees brought in but I don’t know any costs or if there is a size or acreage minimum.

    I’m not sure what an Asip is besides some ‘gene’ research (way over my head) but did you mean Apis? I don’t think you do because that would mean you’ve seen a Honey bee– Either way I hope you have 10000’s of bees in your garden soon.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • Mel

    Ladybird, I also live in the puget sound region of Washington state. I dont know if you’ve been indoors or if your observation of zero bees occurred on a poor weather day or time of day when they’re not likely to be out. I see bees everyday. It might be the weather. You know its been rather cool. I hear home depot sells ladybugs for pollinating plants. Good luck Bee hunting.

  • Mel

    Ladybird, I also live in the puget sound region of Washington state. I dont know if you’ve been indoors or if your observation of zero bees occurred on a poor weather day or time of day when they’re not likely to be out. I see bees everyday. It might be the weather. You know its been rather cool. I hear home depot sells ladybugs for pollinating plants. Good luck Bee hunting.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Home Depot is in to everything :)

  • The Bug Doctor

    Home Depot is in to everything :)

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