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August 19th is National Honey Bee Day: Dr. Elina Niño reminds us to help honey bees cope with pests

National Honey Bee Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every August. This year it falls on Saturday the 19th. If you use integrated pest management, or IPM, you are probably aware that it can solve pest problems and reduce the use of pesticides that harm beneficial insects, including honey bees. But did you know that it is also used to manage pests that live inside honey bee colonies? In this timely podcast below, Dr. Elina Niño, UCCE apiculture extension specialist, discusses the most serious pests of honey bees, how beekeepers manage them to keep their colonies alive, and what you can do to help bees survive these challenges.

https://soundcloud.com/ucipm/help-honey-bees-cope-with-pests

To read the full transcript of the audio, click here.

Successful IPM in honey bee colonies involves understanding honey bee pest biology, regularly monitoring for pests, and using a combination of different methods to control their damage. Visit these resources for more information:

For Beekeepers:
 
For All Bee Lovers:
 

Sources for the Value of Honey Bees:

Calderone N. 2012. Insect-pollinated crops, Insect Pollinators and US Agriculture: Trend Analysis of Aggregate Data for the Period 1992–2009.

Flottum K. 2017. U.S. Honey Industry Report, 2016.

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 1:02 PM
  • Author: Stephanie Parreira, UC Statewide IPM Program

A Day in the Life of a Virgin Queen Bee

Bees buzz around David Tarpy (far left) and his students. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)

We've all read stories dealing with "A Day in the Life" of principals, presidents and princesses. We're probably familiar with The Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," the final song on their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.  But do you know what's it's like to be a queen bee for a...

Bees buzz around David Tarpy (far left) and his students. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)
Bees buzz around David Tarpy (far left) and his students. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)

Bees buzz around David Tarpy (far left) and his students. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)

David Tarpy (in red), who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis, is a noted honey bee biologist and beekeeper. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)
David Tarpy (in red), who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis, is a noted honey bee biologist and beekeeper. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)

David Tarpy (in red), who received his doctorate in entomology from UC Davis, is a noted honey bee biologist and beekeeper. (Photo courtesy of David Tarpy)

The Almond and the Bee

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Remember Stephanie Hsia? She's the beekeeper/graduate student at Harvard's Graduate School of Design who traveled through almond orchards in California's Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys in May 2014 to illustrate and pen a book about the spatial relationship between honey bees and almonds. We...

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee heads for an almond blossom in Davis, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

What's Wrong with My Bees?

This honey bee is doing poorly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"What's wrong with my bees?" That's a question frequently asked of Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Fact is, he's an "unbee-lievable" wealth of information. The honey bee guru has served as Extension apiculturist since 1976 and writes a...

This honey bee is doing poorly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This honey bee is doing poorly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This honey bee is doing poorly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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