Although colony collapse disorder for bees has not slowed down, scientists and beekeepers are developing ways to manage the damage being done. We’ve identified many of the compounding causes that underlie the disorder, such as malnutrition, weak immune systems, varroa mites, and various insecticides/pesticides, and are taking steps to mitigate the ill effects of each of these factors.
In addition, The Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC) has made four recommendations to beekeepers who have noticed symptoms of CCD in their colonies:
“1. Do not combine collapsing colonies with strong colonies.“2. When a collapse colony is found, store the equipment where you can use preventive measures to ensure that bees will not have access to it.“3. If you feed your bees sugar syrup, use Fumagillin. “4. IF you are experiencing colony collapse and see a secondary infection, such as European Foulbrood, treat the colones with Terramycin, not Tylan.”
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