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Why Bees Stop Making Honey

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Keep out predators

Bears, skunks and other predators are attracted to the honey in a hive, and they may destroy hives or stress out the bees with threats and attacks, lowering productivity.

Some experts warn that once a predator finds a hive, there may be no effective way to keep them away, and it may be necessary to move the hive.

Other pests are less obvious. Mites and other invasive insects can infiltrate hives and kill off bees. Essential oils and other mild chemicals can target destructive mites.

Minimize pesticides

On the other hand, bees are sensitive to pesticides. There are pesticides for some mites and other pests, but obvious care must be taken with pesticides around bee colonies.

Try to avoid pesticides during blooming periods, as bees tend to visit blossoms. If necessary, apply pesticides when the air is calm and bee activity is minimal, such as in the evening or early night hours.

Grow the right plants

Some of the lack of productivity among rural French bees can be traced to monoculture crops and pesticide use in many farming areas. A successful bee colony needs a wide variety of the right plants for making honey. The best plants may vary by region. Consult a local beekeepers’ group for recommendations.

Keep in mind that some popular flowers have been cultivated for showy, bright color with little pollen or nectar. Also don’t worry so much about weeds, especially flowering varieties. Dandelions may mar your perfect lawn, but bees love them.

The right timing

It is also important to stimulate production and harvest honey in ways that ensure peak colony strength at the same time that your main flowers are starting to bloom and produce nectar.

Bees naturally tend to wait until the nectar is in full flow before increasing their population, but this only produces enough honey for the hive, not a surplus for human consumption.

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1:44PM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

I love bees! Look where we'd be without them! Save the bees!

Thanks Much,
Holly

6:00AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Interesting information. Thanks!

9:38PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

interesting!!!!

10:28PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

interesting...thanks

5:54PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

maybe they're just tired of humans stealing their honey as fast as they make it. bees make honey for their own purposes. let them have it and just be thankful they are pollinating our crops for us.

3:37PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Thank you for the info!

3:16PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

A fascinating film to watch:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?

10:28AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

infinite dark gray mist?

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http://mysite.verizon.net/reswz5tl/

9:02AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thanks for the info

12:16AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Nature blessed us with everything we can think of. Honey produced by bees is one of the greatest gifts; no human can produce exactly what the bees can. Sad to say, the bees are slowing down in their production it seems. One reason according to studies: bees seem "affected by electromagnetic fields, particularly from the cellphones!" I guess there's more to this issue. Can nature "cope" or "adjust" to man's changing ways? Or, can man change its ways to "tune in" and be in "mode" with nature? Who and how can it be done?

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