Does anyone have a flyer/blurb/whatever that i could repurpose for myself to help educate my neighbors about bees/pesticides/herbicides? My hive is in the process of dying from poisoning and I’d like to try and help avoid this in the future. thanks in advance
I think several years ago @Bobby_Thanepohn wrote a masterpiece to convince local authorities not to spray insecticides. If he is still active on the Forum, maybe he could share something useful with you.
I thought I posted that letter here in the forums…
So sorry to hear about your hive @RyanKunk
Ah OK, as Bobby didn’t have it immediately to hand, I used my long term library search skills:
i also found this
Ah yes, Hilary Kearney. I would say “good old Hilary”, but she is probably less than half my age. Anyhow, most of her info is very good, and she has a lot of experience, so the leaflet should be very useful.
and per her advice i restricted the entrance and put a feeder on temporarily and the bees seem to be doing ok for the time being and the rate of death seems to have slowed.
Is that water or syrup on top of the hive? Ah, OK, it is syrup. I would have taken the Flow super off first. Syrup in your honey harvest is not the most desirable of things.
It’s a 1:1 simple syrup. I have a couple of water sources vet close by as well
Yeah I almost took the super off but there was a ton of them taking refuge in the super so I felt like it might be less disruptive
Fair enough. If they do store any syrup in the Flow frames, you could always harvest it later and feed it back to them over winter.
I have tasted “honey” made from mostly syrup. It doesn’t taste bad, just rather bland compared with real honey. Unless you put Honey B Healthy in the feeder, in which case the honey tastes downright weird! (No, it wasn’t my syrup honey! )