By Paul Schmitt
Some preventative measures last fall have protected some area beekeepers from losing high numbers of bees this past winter. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin beekeepers have reportedly lost a high number of bees because of a parasite that infests hives and kills bees that are developing. While some beekeepers prefer to be treatment free, Dr. Joe Binard of Brussels describes the procedure he tried last fall to protect his bees last year.
United States beekeepers lost one-third of their bees in 2016-17 from April to April, according to a University of Maryland study. Dr. Binard, who took up the challenging hobby of beekeeping last year, found success in his new adventure by collecting over 60 pounds of honey.