When they are put into stressful situations, e.g. the moving of their hive and/or ingesting harmful pesticides, they are more prone to catching and spreading disease among themselves; which are often fatal without treatment and knowledge needed from the bee keeper.
Some of these diseases include, varroa mites; these mites are parasitic and feed off the body fluid of adult bees. Another disease which can be fatal to bees is Acarine mites and Nosema disease. These are parasitic mites who infest the air ways and the intestinal tracts of the bees. This is why it is so important to look after our bees and to make sure that they have an environment conducive to them and their needs.
They do so much for us and all they need from us to just BE, natural and free. Spraying pesticides on crops where there are bees is not only harmful for the bees but for us too!
According to a recent study published on Quartz about the decline in the bee population, mass produce companies are spraying a “cocktail of chemicals” on the crops which they call ‘agricultural chemicals. This ‘cocktail’ consisted of 9 different pesticides and fungicides and also contained 8 different chemicals that increase the risk of bees contracting the above mentioned diseases.
The study also mentions that, labels on pesticide bottles warn farmers to not spray these chemicals when bees are in the area. van Engelsdorp, an assistant research scientist from the University of Maryland had this to say on the effects of the ‘chemical cocktail’;
“The pesticide issue in itself is much more complex than we have led to be believe,” he says. “It’s a lot more complicated than just one product, which means of course the solution does not lie in just banning one class of product.”
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