about the bees

Theladygardens@aol.com Theladygardens@aol.com
Sun, 08 Feb 2009 19:17:54 PST
Just my two cents about the bees.  Just as Diane says, they do need  water to 
drink.  My husband is a beekeeper with 9 hives in our  garden.  I react to 
bee stings rather seriously so we put carpet in front  of the hives to keep down 
the weeds.  We got carpet scraps from a carpet  store.  They were new and 
just happened to be light beige or gray.   When bees know they are going to die, 
they will crawl away from the  hive. If they die in the hive, the worker bees 
throw them out.   On the days that the neighbors have pest control trucks come 
to their homes we  find 300 to 500 dead bees on the carpet in front of each 
hive.  We  probably would not have noticed this if the bees were just on the 
ground  among the weeds.  It surprises me that people don't read labels and 
assume  that whatever they are spraying is only going to kill  the one thing  they 
want and not harm lots of other life forms.  
I don't know if this has anything to do with colony colapse disorder but I  
sure see a lot of people purchasing chemicals and spraying.  Our  neighbors 
love the honey and are all becoming more aware and more careful as a  result of 
our garden and beekeeping.  We don't see many pest control trucks  in our 
neighborhood any more.
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