*Source: Survey data generated by USDA
Factors That Affect Bee Health
Pests and Disease
Honey bees are under attack. Varroa mites, nosema, and viruses are killing honey bee colonies.
Lack of Forage & Nutrition
Lack of a varied diet – due to declining wild spaces and increased monocultures – have led to malnutrition.
Incidental Pesticide Exposure
Use of pesticide and other crop protection products can incidentally expose bees.
Management and selective breeding practices may reduce genetic diversity.