Myths about Bees

Myth 1: Nature is kind and gentle toward bees

myths-about-beesBees must play and survive in the ‘survival of the fittest’ states just like every other living thing. Many plants produce pollen and nectar that is toxic to bees and these can wipe out entire apiaries. To add more problems, some plant pollens may not hae the nutritional values that the bees need to thrive. Or other plants have nectar that will not sustain the bees during winter. In many ases, bees actually survive better when fed pollen substitutes or refined sugar syrup than on natural forage that is inadequate.

Myth 2: Natural states are the best for bee colonies

In nature, bees find it really difficult to find safe and big enough spaces to build hives. Also, viruses and parasites such as varroa are rampant and can destroy entire colonies in a matter of weeks. Even in an ideal and perfectly stable environment, half the colonies that are created, die the same year.

Myth 3: Chemicals are bad for bees

The fact is that bees look for and collect very toxic chemicals, carry them to the hive and cover all the surfaces to kill micro-organisms and parasites and to keep out ants. Some of these toxic chemicals are the resins present in the sap produced by trees. Bees are able to process, break down and eliminate the toxins into a form that is safe for them. So it’s perfectly fine to use essential oils or organic acids in the fight against disease and pests.

Myth 5: There is a ‘best’ kind of hive to keep bees

There is a lot of debate about the best materials and shape for hives. The fact is that there is no single best of any of this. It does not affect the bees at all. Size and shape particulars are merely a function of the beekeeper’s aesthetic sense. Hive boxes can be made of pine, cedar, plastic or styrofoam and the frames can be deep, medium or jumbo sized.

In summer, when nectar is in abundance, anyone can be a successful beekeeper!