bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Kiwis consider mass extermination

I can barely believe that New Zealand seems to be considering a mass extermination of bees with varroa in an attempt to eradicate the parasitic mite from South Island.

It would be a world first if it happened and, I bet, a world last to boot. Unless the extermination costs less than an annual treatment for varroa across the whole of South Island (unlikely), it seems utterly pointless as varroa will inevitably make its way across the straits from North Island. As modern jargon has it: “live with it!”

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