For answers to beekeeping questions, please consult the latest version of Beekeeping in Northern Climates.
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I would love to help/ save the bees by getting honey bee colonies! Please advise.
You may be considering keeping your own honey bee colonies to “save the bees”. There are many compelling reasons to keep honey bees, but we are learning that the health problems facing honey bees actually can be exacerbated by too many beekeepers keeping too many bee colonies. A high density of bee colonies can lead to competition for few floral resources, and the spread of pests and diseases, particularly if beekeepers do not monitor and treat these problems. The best way to save the bees is to plant flowers and keep those flowers free of pesticide contamination. If you are looking for ways to help bees, please see more information here https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bees/helping-bees