Please be careful when spraying pesticides in your garden and on your grass. Organic is the way to go if possible - read the label on your pesticide containers and follow directions. Don't just buy it because you think it might kill a weed - take a couple of minutes and dig the weed out of your garden/yard. I can't stress this enough - I thank you and my bees will thank you.
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It is well established that pesticide contaminants are making their way into the beehive. Most wax samples tested had about 6 different pesticides present, and in some cases the levels were at about the thresholds set by the EPA. There is an ongoing debate between the chemical companies and many beekeepers. The companies assert that their products are safe for honeybees. By themselves, this very well could be true. However, once you get several different chemicals interacting with each other, there have been studies showing they may become lethal. Certainly having ever accumulating contaminants cannot be healthy for the bees.
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