May 19, 2014
A compendium of postings from our social media
Honey bee winter losses show encouraging trend
Total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were 23.2 percent nationwide for the 2013-2014 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This represents a noticeable drop in mortality compared to the 30.5 percent loss reported for the winter of 2012-2013 and compared to an eight-year average of winter losses of 29.6 percent. Losses remain above the level that beekeepers consider economically sustainable.
Spring has Africanized Honey Bees Swarming in South Florida
The Sun-Sentinel newspaper reports South Florida residents are calling on experts to remove swarms of Africanized bees. Read the story here:
To stop bee colonies from setting up housekeeping on your property:
• Seal openings in your house greater than 1/8 inch.
• Remove potential nesting sites such as overturned flower pots.
• Install screens over vents, rain spouts, water utility boxes and tree cavities.
• Inspect for bee activity once or twice a week during the spring and summer.
• Examine outdoor areas before allowing pets to go into them.
• If you find a bee colony, keep away from it.
• If attacked, run away, protect your face and airways, get inside a building or vehicle and don’t swat at bees; rapid movements agitate them further.
• Call a local pest control company for removal of nests and swarms.
FDACS-DPI has more information on its website.
Bug Week and Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week
UF-IFAS has declared May 19-23 Bug Week, and invites Facebook friends to pick a bug to use as a profile picture for bug week. Which bug are you? Learn more here.
While it will be Bug Week at UF, it will also be Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, nationwide. Our partners at “Don’t Move Firewood” will lead the observance. States all around the U.S. will be issuing proclamations, press releases, and more. For a few ideas to participate in this nationwide event, click here.
Asian longhorned beetle eradicated from Boston
Officials have announced the eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle from Boston. Four years ago the beetles were found in trees across the street from Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, home of the world’s most important collection of maple trees from around the world. Maples are the beetles’ favorite food.
DPI Employees attend Health & Safety Fair and participate with exhibits
Employees of DPI participated in the UF and Shands Health and Safety Fair at the University Hilton Conference Center in Gainesville on Thursday, May 15. The fair featured free screenings for vision, blood pressure, bone density, body fat, diabetes and more, provided by UF and Shands as well as exhibits staffed by FDACS-DPI personnel.