Re: Lost 100% of my hives in Western NC this month- Christmas Tree Spraying?
Not CCD because the remaining queen is still there just no
more foragers. Fewer young bees are left inside afterward.
A typical case of CCD the hive is almost empty with
the queen gone too. So yes most likely the tree spray that got them. With
100s and thousands of trees they won't be doing it one by one at a time. Looks like
an aerial spray to me killing them that fast and broad. Reminds me of the mosquito spray during the
summer time here. Within 2 weeks max the entire hive can be dead depending on how much
poison on them along with its residual. There are the smart bees and the dumb bees. The smart
ones will packed up and just leave if they can in time. The dumb ones just stay there loyal to
the hive and finally died. The smart ones can sense the environmental danger
and decided to go risking it. Forget about this location when every year it is the
same tree spraying issue. Better to relocate to a spray free zone!
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?