The world cannot do without Honey. From medicinal purpose to cooking and even direct consumption honey is something that has a great demand. Since the ancient times people have been collecting honey from way back dating to thousands of years ago. The art of honey collecting has been mastered since then. Did you that, the creation and maintenance of a small bee hive has the great ability of keep a family supplied with honey for the entire year around? How amazing is that? Most parts of the world, bee honey in its purest form has a great demand and comes with an over the top price tag. Therefore isn’t it great if we all could maintain hives in our home front premises and keep the entire family with an unlimited supply of honey.
The types of people who indulge in this activity
There are three types of people who engage in honey collecting. These are Hobbyists, part time doers and professional commercial experts. Hobbyists are for those who maintain colonies mostly on trials or first timers with no more than 20 colonies. Part time doers are the ones who engage in other professions whilst taking care of bees. These category people mostly are seen maintaining no more than 25 to 300 colonies. Commercial experts are fully fledged professionals who does this activity as a business. These commercial business experts are capable of taking care of more than 300 colonies at a time. Countries like United States of America are one of the few leading countries with the highest number of honey producers and colonies in the world.
Possible threats to the colonies
The abandoning of bee from their hives due to the colony collapse disorder is a direct threat for the bees. This is a risky situation for the bees and also for the business as it has a direct impact on the production of honey. The disruption of the bee colony is can be due to various reasons such as the invasion of hive beetles and varro mites. People who maintain hives need to obtain the correct bee equipments to keep such disturbances at bay.
With the proper use of the bee equipments one can mitigate the dangers that can effect a colony such as wrong nutrition, pesticides and viruses.
How to keep them happy
Always remember to avoid pesticides and harsh chemicals around the bees and their hives. These pesticides are not only harmful to us humans it also has a damaging qualities to insects and animals. Regular maintenance of the combs by replacing old ones with new foundation. Educate yourself and the rest who are maintaining on the proper bee colony management.