By Janelle Stear
Kids and adults agree, "It's good stuff.”Honey is a popular purchaseat anytime. Yet, what about the bees that make it? What happens to bees in the winter when it is an icy thirty degrees outside?
For a honeybee, the winter is as busy asschool kids are in classrooms. The bees stay inside the hive, where it stays a comfortable seventy degrees. In the winter, theirprotection ensures that the honey industry thrivesyear round, especially as Idaho is a leading honey producer.
Every fall, bee experts check local hives to make sure there is an adequate supply of honeyinside to last through the cold months. Just like a bear filling his belly for a long slumber, bees need a good store of honey to keep making food.Mark Davis, owner of The Treasure Valley Bee Rescue, says, "The hives stay dormant, but they are active inside" as the worker bees keep producingfor the queen.
Most local Idaho honey producers send their bees to warmer climates in the winter months. "The winter is an interesting time for Idaho Honey Industry as most of our bees will be on trucks headed to California to pollinate the almonds, oranges, and other fruits," explains Rick Waitley, Executive Director of the Association Management Group of Idaho. The fact that Idaho can loan bees means more revenue and positive commerce.
As an on-going, thriving industry, honey producers rely on their hives to yield enough honey to meet annual demands. Nick Noyes, owner of The Honey Store in Fruitland, says, "We are open year-round, except for between Christmas and New Years." Noyes has about ten thousand hives, which head to California, Texas, and North Dakotaeach winter.He stays busywhile they're gone with the ongoing sale of tasty, sweet honey.
Noyes, a member of the statewide Idaho Honey Industry Board, works in cooperation with the Idaho Honey Association, "a non-profit member organization (representing)commercial and hobbyist beekeepers in Idaho." The organization promotes education, research, and publicity of the Honey Industry.
Waitleystates that local hobbyists are a motivating group of individuals; they are able to further help educate and assist the community. The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club has people who are avid beekeepers, eager to share their knowledge. Check out their site for useful information (idabees.org)!
Plus, the Treasure Valley Bee Rescue wants you to consider the value in a beehive before you break out your dangerous chemicals to take care of it. The honeybee only cares about collecting pollen to make honey. They are not a threat to us, unlike wasps or hornets.
When in doubt, keep your family safe with the right information.
Check out more great facts atwww.idahohoney.org
For questions regarding hives, go to thethe Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club
or the Treasure Valley Bee Rescuewww.TreasureValleyBeeRescue.org Call 208-602-4881