Beekeepers have been experimenting with different methods to control the colony collapse disorder (CCD) that has swept the country in recent years.
In California, where beekeepers are the biggest producers of honey, the state is now the only one that requires a “critical mass” test before placing an individual bee on a hive.
The state of Florida banned the use of chemical pesticides in 2014, while others have moved to limit the use and even ban them altogether.
The Beekeepers of America is now calling for a “Critical Mass” test for all new bees to ensure the viability of their hive, and it has asked its members to submit their hive names and photos on a poll to help make the call.
The poll, which is open now, asks beekeepers to answer two questions about their hive: Which bees are in the colony?
and Which hive is safe to be in?
The poll will end on March 18 and the winner will receive a Beekeepers’ Award for beekeeping excellence.
The poll will be open until March 20.