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Author Topic: farmer to spray soybeans  (Read 1004 times)
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« on: August 04, 2005, 09:56:41 PM »

The soybean field next door is going to be sprayed with a pesticide for aphids next week.  Should I wrap the hive (I have only one) for the actual spraying and hope for the best, or try to move the hive a couple miles away?

Will the little darlings know not to gather nectar from the affected field or am I gonna lose em all?

Any help would be appreciated.


Gary in SW Michigan.
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2005, 09:09:38 AM »

Gary -  

See if you can find out what they are spraying with (all of it).  Some pesticides do not affect honeybees.

this is a popular list and their effect:

Is it spray or powerder application.    Spray is better for the bees, since the spray will dry and be less harmul to bees.

Do not seal up the hive completely.    You will want to close up all entrances so the bees can't get in or out.  To close up is to stll allow air to get in and out of the hive.    I have taped screen over all of the entrances, propped the outer cover to help with ventilation.   You will want to do this just after sunset, when the bulk of the bees are back in the hive.  

When you need to take the screens off. Wear your beesuit, because they will be very angry after being locked in for a while.

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