Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder. Colony Collapse Disorder. Population crashes have been common place since the 1980’s but have become disastrous since 2006, with 1/3 of honeybee colonies being lost each winter since. These collapses happen during overwintering
Disease Transmission worker bees, while queen cells are almost never infected
Pesticide Use pupae while feeding
If the mite populations within a colony are not kept in check by a beekeeper, the colony will collapse within a few years.
Social Grooming chance of reaching maturity before the host emerges from it’s cell
The impact was miniscule, and not feasible as a control strategy
In the wake of alternative strategies failing testing and chemical pesticide use having damaging effects not only on the bees but the rest of the environment around them, people are beginning to look at substances derived from plants as natural pesticides. A safe and eco-friendly way do deal with pests.
Plant derived substances, many from South America, have been shown to have toxicity, repellence, anti-feedant and growth regulatory affects against insect pests.
The mixture of Baccharis flabellatas extracts to both prove toxic to and repel the mites simply by the smell of it makes it a promising control agent.
A single botanical extract may be composed of over 150 chemical constituents
These mites are a major pest posed to initiate an economic disaster if they are not controlled.