Stories tagged with: Bees

May 23, 2014 - 4:11pm
1 year 27 weeks ago

Unlike the thousands of Ohio beekeepers who have lost 50 to 80 percent of their honeybees over the harsh winter, Orlen Bates Jr. of O's Fruit Farm says besides a few disturbances from skunks his four hives are doing just fine.

He credits his success to keeping his hives closed during the winter months. Other bee keepers tend to check on them reducing the hives' internal temperatures and in turn killing the bees. Bates also remembers the affects that pesticides and weed killers used by...

May 17, 2012 - 5:33pm
3 years 28 weeks ago

Muskingum County is looking to hire a bee inspector.

On Thursday the county commissioners interviewed Jack Head, who already inspects the hives in Belmont and Guernsey Counties.  He said it's important to check the colonies once a year for dangerous diseases.

"That's the number one thing that we're looking for when we get in there," said Head.  "It's highly contagious, and if you don't do something about it, it'll spread to the other hives in the area....

April 19, 2010 - 4:31pm
5 years 32 weeks ago

Ohio beekeepers are reporting a loss of up to 75 percent of their hives.

It's not just a problem this year though. It actually started back in 2008 due to colony collapse disorder. The exact reasoning for the disorder hasn't been determined, but the other factor aiding in this year's loss is the prolonged period of colder weather. Bees haven't been able to keep the honey at 100 degrees in order to eat it.

"There might be honey in the hive, but they can't get to it and...

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