Scientists around the country are investigating several possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, including pesticides, viruses, genetically modified crops and even cell phones. One West Virginia University said he is certain that at least 70 percent of the CCD is caused by tiny mites, roughly the size of a sesame seed, and the pathogens they carry.
The various chemicals used in beekeeping have, for the past decades, held Varroa Destructor, a mite, and other major pests at bay, but chemical-resistance is building and evolution threatens to overtake the best that laboratory chemists have to offer. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making the problem worse. Natural Beekeeping flips the script on traditional approaches by proposing a program of selective breeding and natural hive management.
Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but its easy to make your own. Tony Pisanos step-by-step illustrated show you how to build everything you need to keep bees successfully, including beehive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more. You can choose among different hive styles, and many of the 35 projects can be made using hand tools.