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Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home.

The new research strongly links the pesticides to the serious decline in honey bee numbers in the US and UK – a drop of around 50% in the last 25 years. The losses pose a threat to food supplies as bees pollinate a third of the food we eat such as tomatoes, beans, apples and strawberries.

Scientists found that bees consuming one pesticide suffered an 85% loss in the number of queens their nests produced, while another study showed a doubling in "disappeared" bees – those that failed to return from food foraging trips. The significance of the new work, published Science, is that it is the first carried out in realistic, open-air conditions.

"People had found pretty trivial effects in lab and greenhouse experiments, but we have shown they can translate into really big effects in the field. This has transformed our understanding. it's only one metre from where they forage in a lab to their nest, even an unwell bee can manage that."

Under the effects we saw from the pesticides, the population size would decline disastrously, and make them even more sensitive to parasites or a lack of food."

The reason for the huge decline in bee numbers has remained uncertain, but pesticides, the varroa mite and other parasites, and destruction of the flower-rich habitats in which bees feed are believed to be the key reasons. Pesticide manufacturers and the UK government deny a class of the chemicals called neonicotinoids cause significant problems for bees. 

A spokesperson from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the new research did not change the government's position. "The UK has a robust system for assessing risks from pesticides and all the evidence shows neonicotinoids do not pose an unacceptable risk to honeybees when products are used correctly. However, we will not hesitate to act if presented with any new evidence." Henry said the new research showed current approval processes for the pesticides are inadequate: "We now have enough data to say authorisation processes must take into account not only the lethal effects, but also the effects of non-lethal doses."

The pesticides investigated in the new studies - insect neurotoxins called neonicotinoids - are applied to seeds and flow through the plants' whole system. The environmental advantage of this is it reduces pesticide spraying but chemicals end up in the nectar and pollen on which bees feed. Goulson's group studied an extremely widely used type called imidacloprid, primarily manufactured by Bayer CropScience, and registered for use on over 140 crops in 120 countries.

Bumblebees were fed the toxin at the same level found in treated ripe plants and found that these colonies were about 10% smaller than those not exposed to the insecticide. Most strikingly, the exposed colonies lost almost all of their ability to produce queens, which are the only bee to survive the winter and establish new colonies. "There was a staggering magnitude of effect," said Goulson. "This is likely to have a substantial population-level impact."

The French team analysed the effect on honey bees of a new generation neonicotinoid, called thiamethoxam and manufactured by Syngenta. They fitted tiny electronic tags to over 650 bees and monitored their activity around the hive. Those exposed to "commonly encountered" levels of thiamethoxam suffered high mortality, with up to a third of the bees failing to return. "They disappeared in much higher numbers than expected," said Henry. Previous scientific work has shown insect neurotoxins may cause memory, learning, and navigation problems in bees.

A spokesman for Syngenta said: "Although we take good research very seriously, over the last four years, independent authorities in France have closely monitored the use of Cruiser – the product containing thiamethoxam – on more than 1.9m hectares. When properly used no cases of bee mortality have been recorded."

Julian Little, spokesman for Bayer Cropscience, criticised Goulson's study because the bees were exposed to imidacloprid in the labaratory, before being placed outside in a natural field environment to feed. "All studies looking at the interaction of bees and pesticides must be done in a full field situation," he said. "This study does not demonstrate that current agricultural practices damage bee colonies."

 

 

 The anatomy of a bee's mouth is complex. The mandibles(jaws) are suspended from the head at the sides of the mouth. They are used in handling objects, manipulating pollen and in contact with other bees. Above the mandibles is the mandibular gland which secretes a substance once thought to be used to soften wax. It's now known that the mandibular gland of the queen secretes pheromones responsible for maintenance of the social organization of the colony. The mandibular glands are almost completely reduced in the drone. The front of the mouth is composed of a wide plate or labrum. A proboscis is formed by bringing together several lower mouth parts. The two maxillae and the median labium a movable flap) form the proboscis which is the tube used for feeding on nectar. When the proboscis is not in use, it is folded up under the head.

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We have been in business for more than 20 years. Our specialty is the control of all of the stinging insects including honeybees, bee swarms, bee hives, ground bees, bumble bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. We service residential and commercial customers, and all of our services are provided by experienced beekeepers who understand the habits of the stinging insects. We are equipped with protective clothing so that a minimum use of pesticide (sometimes none at all) is required for control. We also use unmarked vehicles. Call for a free phone estimate today.

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We specialize in integrated pest management that provides effective control with a minimum use of pesticides. Weather plays a critical role in insect development cycles, and preventive measures taken at appropriate times can greatly reduce nesting activities. We provide the following services:

 


                 One-Time Service to Rid Your Home of Insect Pests—Emergency service is available since the stinging insects often produce emergency situations.

·                Preventive Treatments in the Spring to Prevent Nesting Activity—Yellow jackets and wasps have favorite nesting sites; if these sites are treated early in the spring, nesting activity can be inhibited or prevented. Foundation perimeter treatments can prevent yellow jackets, ants, and other insects from entering your home.

·                Sealing off the Nesting Sites and Entry Points—Sealing off the nesting sites and entry points can permanently reduce the attractiveness of your home to insects. We can perform the sealing or make recommendations for you to follow.

·                Contracts for Three or Four Scheduled Treatments at Appropriate Times—Yearly contracts can provide peace of mind. The visits are scheduled at the most effective time of year depending on the life cycle of the insect. These treatments can prevent nesting or eliminate new nests before they become troublesome.

·                Yearly Contract to Ensure a Trouble-Free Year—No Fixed Schedule; You Call When and If Necessary—A yearly contract always includes the spring preventive treatment but may or may not require another visit. If we are lucky, the rest of the year may be pest free. If not, you will still be insured for any emergency.

·                Capture and Relocation of Honeybees, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets in Special Situations

·                Minimum Use of Pesticides—We wear protective clothing so that insects can be treated right at the nest site, and often times, no pesticides are required for insect nest removal.

When pesticides are used, a small amount applied up close is more effective and safer than a larger amount applied from a distance.

The pesticides used for bees and yellow jackets are extremely toxic to those insects, and only tiny amounts are needed for control, thus reducing exposure risk for people, pets, or wild life.

Most treatments are applied into the nesting site without any residue left in areas where people and animals dwell.

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Advantages of Nucs:

  • NUCs build up more rapidly than packages and do not suffer the sudden drop in population (dwindling) associated with the aging process in packages. The population of the package dies off without the advantage of having a stockpile of young bees hatching off and replenishing the population.
  • Recent increases in package bee prices and postal rates have made NUC prices very close to the price of package bees.
  • NUCs are not as delicate as packages and do not require the careful handling associated with package bees. We guarantee that your NUC will arrive alive.
  • Our NUCs are less likely to supersede their queen. She is already a functioning part of the hive. She has produced the brood that is in the NUC. It is already a fully operational beehive, only smaller.
  • NUCs can be installed later in the spring as weather conditions improve and more reliable nectar and pollen sources become available.
  • NUCs do not require immediate installation relieving the urgency to immediately install in adverse weather conditions or at inopportune times as may be the case with package bees.
  • Our NUCs are grown in Louisiana  Remember, NUCs build up bee populations faster increasing your chances for a bigger honey crop!

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Basic Beekeeping with Nucs:

There are several options for replacing or adding colonies into your apiary whether you have one or one-thousand hives. Packaged bees have always been a popular method for replacement or expansion. However, they sometimes pose supercedure issues due to the fact that you are combining a young mated queen with unrelated loose bees in an empty hive with pheromones (odors) unfamiliar to all. Often with new beekeepers, the bees are put into new equipment with undrawn combs. It is easier for bees to adapt to introduction onto comb that is already drawn and ready for the queen to lay eggs.

A five frame bee nucleus (NUC) consists of:

  • a "laying" queen that has already been accepted by the hive
  • 3 inner frames containing brood in all stages
  • 2 outer frames containing honey, pollen, and adhering bees.

 

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