Showing Tag: "bees" (Show all posts)

RNA for the bees

Posted by Heather Maughan on Monday, December 31, 2012, In : Bees 
Becoming a beekeeper can be overwhelming at times. One of the most difficult things for me is figuring out how and when to treat the hives to prevent pathogens and parasites from becoming too numerous. We have attended an Integrated Pest Management course but only walked away with a list of offenders and their chemical treatments, which we had already learned through online research. Why not just treat for all, as often as possible? I'd rather not dump these chemicals (several of which are an...
Continue reading ...
 

Clothianidin debacle

Posted by Heather Maughan on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : Agriculture 

Yesterday I attended a discussion forum for beekeepers in Ontario.  We (the beekeepers) were there to ask questions about bee deaths potentially caused by exposure to the pesticide Clothianidin.  Beekeepers in the US, Europe, and Canada (and probably other places too) have noticed massive bee die-offs that correspond closely to planting of corn.  Corn seeds are coated in pesticide prior to planting, and then shot into the soil using ...


Continue reading ...