Honeybee population in U.S. doing better after tough summer in 2019

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Things are looking up for the honeybee population in the U.S.

After a bad summer for the bee population in 2019, an annual survey of U.S. beekeepers found that winter losses were lower than normal.

22% of U.S. colonies were lost this past winter. That’s below the average of 28% and is also better than the previous winter which was one of the worst on record.

Eric Ellis, a local beekeeper, thinks the bee population is being helped by new, natural techniques of combatting diseases and pests that threaten bees.

He also says there’s been an increased interest in beekeeping and encourages others to learn about bees.

“Bees are amazing creatures. They’re God’s creatures. It’s hard to know everything about bees and what they do, but they’re so important to our survival in many different ways,” says Ellis.

He says if you’re interested in learning more about bees there are local bee clubs that are a great source of information.

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