"Me America, me no mites"
Why those who understand beekeeping, write this way:
LOOSES IN OREGON ARE THREE TIMES THAN NORMAL
Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:16 Written by Horacio Mezziga
The Northwest hasn’t been hammered as badly as other regions, but hive losses have spiked. A 10 percent hive loss over winter previously was considered normal, but losses the past few years ranged from 29 to 37 percent, said George Hansen, a Colton commercial beekeeper and president of the American Beekeeper Federation. Hansen owns Foothills Honey Co., and travels the pollination circuit with 5,000 hives.
30 April 2012 12:47 Written by Analia Manriquez
A mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when beekeepers were caught off guard from an explosion of mite populations that killed off many honeybee colonies, according to a state expert. "The bees are coming out, but so are the parasitic mites," said Tony Jadczak, state apiarist and bee inspector. "What I've seen in my inspections is elevated mite loads because of the good health of the honeybees.