no bees!

oldbiddyJune 12, 2005

I know absolutely nothing about bees but depend on them for pollination and fruitset in my garden. I just noticed that there are absolutely no honeybees (or other bees of any kind) and very few insect pollinators of any kind this year! This after having many years of many bees and pollinators in my garden. Was just wondering if anyone here knew what was going on with them? My husband suggested that maybe a neighbor had moved their beehives when the owner died. But that would not explain the almost complete absence of other bees and pollinators. I always have lemon balm, vitex trees, flowers, etc. to attract them as well. We live near Austin, TX.

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amymcg(z5 MA)

Most beekeepers are suffering large losses lately. In the past 10-15 years, bees have been battling two types of mites that have had devasting consequences. It's possible that your neighbors moved their hives, but there are very few wild pollinators left.

You're doing the right things to attract them, but they have to be there to attract.

Why not keep bees yourself?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2005 at 6:17PM
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oldbiddy

I may just do that! Until then, it is very sad about the bees dying....I very much miss their presence in my garden this year! Very sad thing.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 12:16AM
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ccrb1(z5 IND)

I make gardeners into beekeepers. Unfortunately I'm too far away from you. Suggest you contact your county extension agent for help locating a beekeeping association or local beekeeper who can mentor you as you start.

You sound like you'd make a fine beekeeper. You want to be part of the solution rather than just complain about the problem.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 12:57AM
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amymcg(z5 MA)

Take a look at the link below. There are several Texas beekeepers on that forum, and everyone is very helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Beemaster

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 9:43AM
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oldbiddy

This may need a new thread, but I had used a product by 'Green Light' called 'Fire Ant Control with Conserve' which was recommended by a local nursery for fire ants. He said that it was an organic control and wouldn't hurt any wildlife or good bugs. So I used it without reading the label just using his recommendation. Dumb, I know! Well, I noticed after using it, that there were a quite few bees with 2 heads, deformities, and others not acting normally early on in the season. Now there are none. I have never noticed the 2 headed thing before that. I then read the label on the aforementioned product and it says that it has a chemical called Spinosad in it and that it may be harmful to bees (I threw away the info by now so can't quote it exactly). Needless to say, I stopped using it immediately when I read that. Could that be the reason for the absolutely no bees problem now??

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 11:12AM
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amymcg(z5 MA)

How long ago did you use it?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 1:55PM
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oldbiddy

about 2 months ago....I think. But I only used a few tablespoonsful on a few mounds. But I did use it before I saw the 2 headed bees.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 5:07PM
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