The Bartlett Bee Whisperer was invited to speak to the Germantown Kiwanis Club, discussing where our honey bees are going and what we can do to help save them.
When we talk about bees disappearing around the world, it is important to remember that there are many hazards faced by the bees as they go through their regular work day. As much as the media would like to jump on pesticides, there are also parasitic mites, bee specific viruses/diseases, changes in farming practices and the virtual food deserts that surround the bees habitats.
In many locations, where bees are less numerous, people hand pollinate trees and plants. This is done with small brushes, distributing pollen from one flower to the next.
Give me another question. The last statement on the screen says, Saving our supper one hive at a time. Because I remove honey bees from homes, I feel that I am saving our supper every time I rescue a hive from a home. The homeowners’ options, when they find a swarm in their house, are to call a pest control company and kill the bees, try to kill them with wasp sprays, or to call a beekeeper. Call a beekeeper, please.