The plight of the honeybees: 90% of hives facing issues with mites

September 25, 2017

By Ali Ingersoll, News 4 Reporter


And that include varroa mites, a parasite in the tick family which causes the bees to have many different issues including weakened wings. According to the New York State Beekeeper tech team, 90% of hives tested across the state have these mites present.

“The mites get in the cell, they feed off the pupae of the bee and it weakens the immune system,” explains Baglio. “They’ve gotten some resistance to it but if you don’t treat for these mites, within two years your colony will pretty much die.”

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