What Beekeepers Can Do

  • Maintain dialogue with farms operating near bee yards. A gentle in-person reminder can go a long way toward raising awareness of the hives typically placed in sheltered areas.

  • Use the BeeConnected app which connects registered beekeepers with registered farmers and pesticide applicators, enabling two-way communication on the location of hives and crop protection product activities. 

  • Inform growers of the risks of insecticide use to bees, and reference this material or provincial government extension data for best management practices to protect pollinators.

  • Consider covering or moving hives when insecticide applications are happening. This can be challenging and can create risk of colony loss due to overheating and disturbance, but may prevent some losses.

  • Beekeepers are encouraged to report any acute bee kills so the causes can be addressed. Please contact the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.



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References

[1] Nedic, N., M.Macukanovic-Jocic, D. Rancic, B. Rørslett, I. Sostaric, Z. Stevanovic, M. Mladenovic. 2013. Melliferous potential of Brassica napus L. subsp. napus (Cruciferae). Arthropod-Plant Interactions 7:323–333