Florida honeybee populations were adversely affected this period by several factors: loss of nectar flow, storms, and exotic pests; to name a few. These conditions contributed to diminished bee colony numbers which resulted in loss of income to beekeepers. Florida bee keepers depend upon spring honey flows to bolster their investment income for the year. 2017 was a failure for orange blossom honey. Palmetto and gall berry sources did not adequately produce in the late spring. Much of the summer was devoted to recouping losses by splitting bee colonies and the feeding of sugar syrup and pollen supplements. During the height of a promising Orange blossom season ( March-April ) high winds descended upon the Highland Ridge, dislodging blossoms from the citrus trees. Hurricane Irma destroyed nearly half of the bee colonies in South West Florida, bringing with it high winds and intense flooding. Honeybees suffered losses from Little Hive Beetles, Tracheal Mites, Braula fly, and foulbrood ( both American and European ). The majority of wild bee colonies are those which have swarmed and relocated from commercial hives. When bees and beekeepers suffer losses, the need for bee removal services diminishes. 2017 was below average for bee colony survival. This was reflected in less bee removal for Florida Bee Removal, INC even thought our Google listings were promoted near the top of page 1 for most Florida Cities.
A tampa bay area minor league baseball game was interrupted by a swarm of bees that took over the home dugout this month. The news report provided some good pictures. A bee removal service was called in to remove the bees.