With the rising awareness of the honeybee crisis and popularity (trend) of backyard beekeepers there’s another looming threat that could potentially add problems to the already unstable bee situation – newbie “beekeepers!”
In a recent UK article it was noted that
In a hard-hitting report last year, the National Audit Office suggested that amateur beekeepers who failed to spot diseases in bees were a threat to honeybees’ survival
Unlike poultry or livestock were you can contain sick or diseased animals, your hives can be affected without your knowing. With millions of bees it could be, with untrained eye, too late to save your hive. What’s even more scary is that you may be a good beekeeper, keeping vigilant watch over your hive but there could be in your neighborhood a newbie who’s not trained to spot problems and who took on more than they anticipated and are letting their hives “go.” That person’s infected bees could affect your hive and others.
Do your homework first, learn how not only to maintain a diseased free hive (naturally and without chemicals) but inform other urban beekeepers of the potential risk.
So it’s up to new potential beekeepers not just to “have” bees but to “keep” bees from becoming more of a problem than the solution.