Did you know that the NC Zoo has a honey bee exhibit and garden? Well they do! The volunteers at the exhibit are NCSBA members from various chapters of the NCSBA from across the state. You might even meet some volunteers from Cumberland County. Stop by on your next visit and check it out.
Hurricanes Preparations (Before and After)
Read Up On what was used in Cumberland County for Mosquito Control in 2018 Here: ECOVIA
Nancy Ruperts Email in Regards to Hurricane Florence Mosquito Spaying:
MOSQUITO CONTROL AND BEEKEEPING: THEY ARE COMPATIBLE! Nancy Ruppert, Apiary Inspector, NCDA & CS September 2018 It’s common knowledge that mosquitos transmit diseases and can be a major public health issue when there’s a mosquito infestation, such as after wet weather. Many communities respond to this by spraying pesticides to kill adult mosquitos and (usually) mosquito larvae. While many of these products can be toxic to honey bees, the timing of spray events is very important in trying to minimize risks to pollinators, and since most truck-based spraying is done at dusk/darkness, many products lose most of their toxicity after the spray dries. Beekeepers can protect hives that might be in the path of spray events by applying a single layer of burlap across the hive entrance, to diminish the exposure to the bees. While we certainly want to protect our bees from local government-mandated mosquito control efforts, this can be more effectively accomplished if we try to work with local officials to educate them about pollinator effects and help them arrive at plans that still allow them to control local mosquito outbreaks while simultaneously preventing toxicity to pollinators. The following websites can help all of us learn more about how we can all be part of the solution. Many universities (including NC State Univ., Purdue Univ., Univ. of Fla. and others) have on their entomology web pages a listing of pesticides that are toxic—or not—to honey bees and can further inform us about which choices for pest control might be most appropriate.
www.insectcop.net Info on what chemicals mosquito spray trucks use, and other mosquito control info
www.npic.orst.edu/factsheets National Pesticide Information Center website; Info about mosquito control product options
www.pesticideresearch.com Pesticide Research Institute website; info about mosquito control products, including effects on bees
www.cdc.gov Center for Disease Control and Prevention website; general info about mosquito-based risks and control measures
Need A Queen?
Research & Government
Honey Bee Health Coalition - Varroa Controls
USDA Honey Bee Labs
Books & Periodicals
Beekeeping Equipment Suppliers
Brushy Mountain Bee Farm (As of 11/2018, they are closed)
Cumberland County NC Master Gardener Volunteer Demo Garden - 301 E Mountain Dr. on the left side of the Agriculture Building
NIche Gardens Great Source of Native Pollinator Plants - They Ship!