A common problem that many beekeepers face is the poisoning of their bees due to pesticides. It is the beekeeper’s responsibility to protect his/her bees from foraging on plants that have recently been sprayed with pesticides. If there are commercial farms near your hives, you may have to establish frequent contact with farmers and ask them if and when do they spray. Keep in mind that lawn gardens and urban backyard allotments can also be sprayed with chemicals. In case of spraying, you can either transfer your hives somewhere else or block the entrance of the hive for a day, so as to prevent foraging bees from visiting the plants (ask local experts and beekeeping unions).

If you observe a great number of dead bees outside the hive, bees unable to leave flowers, bees crawling instead of flying and/or a very small number of foraging bees during a high season blooming period, then there are chances that the bees have foraged in plants that have recently been sprayed with pesticides. Your colony may survive the poisoning or may not, but you have to seek advice from local experts, beekeeping association and state authorities.

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1.) Beekeeping for Beginners

2.) Honey Bee Society Structure and Organization

3.) How Honey is made by Bees

4.) Beehive and Equipment Supply

5.) Beehive Location and Placement

6.) How to feed Bees

7.) Honey Bee Swarming

8.) Preparing Beehives for winter

9.) Harvesting Honey

10.) Common Bee Diseases & Pests

11.) Major Honeybee Pests

12.) Major Honey Bee Diseases

13.) Bee Poisoining from Pesticides

14.) Q&A on Bees

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