🐝🍯Organic beekeepers never “treat” their bees with pesticides designed to kill common beehive blights, like mites or wax moths. If these treatments are designed to kill other insects, common sense should tell us the bees probably don’t feel too good on them either. Plus, they’re completely unnecessary.it is possible to lose a hive to mites, a strong colony can coexist with them and keep them at bay, and wax moths are easy enough to clean out by hand. “If you get a good, strong colony going, nothing will take it, not a pest, not a disease. Nature’s a very resilient thing. These bees will probably be here longer than humans will. What humans are really doing now is creating super-pests and weaker bees,” For the most part, bees can take care of themselves. 🐝🍯There’s a lot to consider when deciding where to put a new hive. You wouldn’t just start building your own house on any old piece of land, and honeybees wouldn’t either. Make sure there’s a nearby water source, and find a tree line that can provide protection from wind in the winter. You want hives to be in partial shade to keep them from overheating, and the entrances should face southeast, toward the morning sun. Always do your best to keep a hive away from nasty, chemical-laden GMO crops. That farm next door might be doing more harm that good if it isn’t organic. “If you live right next to a farm that sprays their cabbage every afternoon, you really want to look for a new spot to keep your bees. They won’t do well. Instead, honeybees need plenty of high-nectar forage like clover, buckwheat, goldenrod, and flowering trees.