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Re: garden question

I believe tracheal mites are less of a problem for native species of bees
(bumble bees being just one) so try to encourage the residency of non-honey
bees.  Many of them lay eggs in burrows in soils having reasonable drainage,
so if that is what you're gardening, try to minimize the amount of
disturbance/cultivation.  Unfortunately some of the native bees like to get
around and one nearby insecticide cowboy can be deadly.  Even my plant boxes
are popular with the native bees.  I'm in an urban area, 3 miles from the
center of Hartford, CT, yet most of the bees I see are non-honey bees.
Things of course will be different for Adam, who's in an URBAN area.  Bruce

-----Original Message-----
From: Fred Conrad <fgconrad@acfb.org>
To: 'Honigman, Adam' <Adam.Honigman@bowne.com>; 'ANTONINAD'
<ANTONINAD@email.msn.com>; community_garden@mallorn.com
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 11:03 AM
Subject: RE: [cg] garden question

>Here in Georgia, most of the wild honey-bees were wiped out by tracheal
>mites and everyone with domestic hives has to "smoke" them regularly.  This
>is an easy project that requires about $35 worth of equipment.  Honey bees
>suffer from other parasitic mites as well.
>Community Garden Coordinator
>Atlanta Community Food Bank
>970 Jefferson Street, NW
>Atlanta, GA  30318
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Honigman, Adam [mailto:Adam.Honigman@bowne.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 10:46 AM
>To: 'ANTONINAD'; community_garden@mallorn.com
>Subject: RE: [cg] garden question
>When bee mites killed our hive in Manhattan, we had to restock completely
>with what are known as tame European ( Italian?) honeybees. We threw out
>of our trays and built a new hive structure before we brought in the new
>colony. There is a technical name for this mite which currently eludes me (
>am I having a senior moment?) I would suggest that you contact the
>Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture and your local branch of the USDA for
>further information. Other possible leads are your local Agricultural
>extension and the entomology depts. of any of your fine Pennsylvania
>Also, bees make flowers, tomatoes and most plants thrive.
>Great luck, don't get stung!
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ANTONINAD [SMTP:ANTONINAD@email.msn.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 9:58 AM
>> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>> Subject: [cg] garden question
>> could you tell me anything about the mite that has wiped out the honey
>> in PA which is suppose to make it difficult to grow squash like plants?
>> Thank you,
>> AntoninaD@msn.com <mailto:AntoninaD@msn.com>
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