Colony collapse disorder, also known as CCD, is one of the common occurrences which affect beehives. CCD is a situation where many worker bees disappear, abandoning the queen, some brood, and abundant food supply.
Factors Responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder
The disappearance of the worker bees has continued to pose a problem for beekeepers. The health of the bee ecosystem is important and CCD is due to the following factors:
- Poor feeding & weak immune system
- Spread of new parasites
- Varroa mite invasion
- Poisoning through pesticides used for mites
- Transportation stress
Processes to Prevent Colony Collapse Disorder
To save the bees, especially in North America and Europe, beekeepers need to work with scientists and government agencies which specialize in agriculture.
For one thing, it is often difficult for scientists to trace the actual source of the problem, especially since the bees vanish and never return to their colonies.
Below are possible solutions to prevent or manage bee colony collapse disorder:
· Establish a Suitable Bee Habitat
When bees have the right environment to survive, for example, dead trees and branches, they stay in their colonies. Colony bees are more natural compared to honeybees and they prefer shelters which are safe and healthy.
· Choose a Safe Pest Control Method
Pesticides are harmful to human beings as well as plants and animals, and bees are not left unaffected. If you need to protect your garden from pests and insects, opt for a pest control method that isn’t harmful to the health of the bees in your area.
Other ways to save the bees in our environment is to eat honey and enjoy the natural benefits it has to offer, while reducing the rate of colony loss. Do you need to get your fresh, local honey? Let us hear from you!