Where I live, we are surrounded by turkey and hog houses: literally - the
closest "people" house is 1 mile away. The bees have all disappeared around
here too. Now the powers that be at the turkey & hog houses have to put out
fly bait for the flys. The last couple of years the flys have increased
while the bees (of all varieties) have decreased. Could it be that the flys
have become immune to the bait while the bees have become susceptible to it?
Or might it all be stemming from where the county sprays for the 'skeeters'?
just my musings.........any opinions?
Most mosquito spraying, at least in my area, is done at night. Bees only
fly during daylight hours. Unless the spray truck is blowing the mist
directly on the bee hives or hollow trees it shouldn't affect the bees.
I would bet more on colony collapse disease as opposed to either of the
two you mention.
Hi Rachael, electromagnetic fields might have something to do with it,
as might poisons in the fly bait but it doesn't explain (to me anyway)
why the bees left in the hive have multiple infections. It's like the
bees have AIDS. Even predators of bees won't attack the unguarded hive.
I've tried to be more proactive this year by planting sweet alyssum to
attract bees. Some people sat though that the bees will come if there
are flowers for them so it may be a waste of time but they are kind of
pretty, so what the heck.
Besides the odor, I've heard that these livestock concentration camps
can foul the ground water with their effluent. Don't want to make you
paranoid but you may want to look into it.
To you and yours,
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Oh trust me, I already know about the water! Some days our water smells soo
bad. I use bottled water for the baby's milk formula and don't use the
house water for drinking straight from the tap. All water gets boiled
before I make tea or anything like that. Thankfully, we don't have to deal
with the air odors much - just when the loaded trucks go by the house during
the moving times and then the odor only lasts a few minutes. But the flies
from the houses are another story. Everytime the door is opened, 50 or so
more come in the house, or the truck, or the van..........oh well - you get
the picture................it's sure not pretty with all the flies.
Back to you!
Rae aka Rachael
On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 16:46:48 -0400, "Rachael Simpson"
Boiling is great for killing bacteria. However it does NOT help at
all with all the heavy metals fouling our water supplies. You need
something better and a filter alone is still dangerous.
Please get you a reverse osmosis system and only use that for
drinking. You can pick one up on ebay for about $120 and it lasts
Will consider, but that kinda money is hard to some by these
No my hives were not under power lines, but I did know people who did have
hives under power lines and they had trouble. So much so that they moved
them in the end. Hope this helps you.
Richard M. Watkin.
Can't say I have ever seen bees attracted to the fly baits so don't
think that would be a connection. Cycles of limited bee disappearance is
nothing new. It has gone by a number of names such as spring dwindle,
May disease, disappearing disease, autumn collapse and fall dwindle
disease documented as far back as the late 1800's.
Straight up, I don't know. Based on everything I've seen in the past 4
decades, I would venture a man-made problem that originates for something
for his convenience. Something overlooked or ignored during testing of
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