Clark Pest Control has grown to be the West's largest pest management company with branch offices throughout California and in the Reno, Nevada area.
President Antonie Botes led the discussion on the newly discovered "small hive beetle" which is cause for new alarm in Hawaii hives.
Beekeepers passed around samples of the pests, which have already been found from Panaewa to Hawaiian Acres.
Once inside hives, the SHB, as they are called, tunnels through the honeycomb in search of honey, wax or bee larvae, destroying the hive and contaminating the honey as it does so. Bee colonies are known to abandon the hive when infestations grow heavy.
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Bees are in trouble, everyone can help, and it's as easy as watching the grass grow or stirring a spoonful of honey into a cup of tea.As they regroup from staggering colony losses averaging 42 percent nationwide last year, commercial and backyard beekeepers alike are putting the call out to every backyard gardener, every suburban homeowner, every grocery shopper and restaurant patron to help keep honeybees and other insect pollinators alive and on the job.Homeowners can quit or cut back on the lawn chemicals and back off on the mowing, suggested Otsego beekeeper Caroline Abbott, who manages six hives and is an active member of the Kalamazoo Bee Club. "I'm not saying you can't mow the lawn," Abbott said. "But in the spring, my yard is full of dandelions, and in the summer, it's full of clover." Because the plants provide nutrients for honeybees and other pollinating insects, "to me that's beautiful," Abbott said.
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