How to Protect Bees from Pesticides
Updated: Sep 17
This is a great question to ask. Many bees die from a combination of poor nutrition, habitat loss, weakened immune systems, parasites, and pesticide exposure every season, every year. In addition to making sure your bees are getting the proper nutrition and immune support through well-balanced gut health, here are some other helpful tips:
Talking with your neighbors and pollination contracts.
Tracking publicly available pesticide application data can sometimes help beekeepers avoid direct spraying of their bees
Use your buying power to choose organic food and limit the demand where it starts.
Join networks like PAN, the Pesticides Action Network to start petitions, and be part of the push to make a change in your towns, cities, and states.
There’s a lot of room for improvement in the communication process. Additionally, pesticides remain in the environment long after the spraying occurs. These toxins can still impact the health of your bees even if it doesn’t kill them right away.
How can Science Help?
Thankfully, science has discovered the essential role microbes play in decomposing pesticides in the soil, as well as creating thriving gut bacteria that lead to strong immunity. Did you know that bacteria are used in superfund sites to decontaminate pollutants and pesticides? In the recent issue of Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, a probiotic Pediococcus was found to decrease pesticide-induced adverse effects in honeybees.
Highlights of the study reported by the authors included:
The honeybee physiology is disturbed by Nosema ceranae and pesticides.
A Pediococcus strain can rescue honeybees from Nosema ceranae - and adverse effects of pesticides.
Pediococcus can act by stimulating the honeybee immune and detoxification systems.
How do you keep your bees healthy?
Strong Microbials works diligently to understand how bacteria can help to prevent pesticide damage and restore health and vitality to honeybee colonies.
What resources do you use to protect your bees from pesticides?
Do you take special measures to protect your bees?
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Dr. Vera Strogolova
Co-founder & CTO of Strong Microbials