apis Sanctum is dedicated to ensuring a future for the Apis Mellifera (Western Honey Bee) in the United States. Due to colony loss, colony collapse, Varroa Mite infestations, larvicides/pesticides/insecticides, disease, poor bee keeping habits, and more.
Managed hives in the country have dropped to almost a third of what was here in 1947. Current managed hives numbers are about 2.5 million in the United States versus the impressive 6 million that were here a little over 60 years ago. With natural bee colonies down 50% over the last decade and falling, the United States faces an all time low of honey bees for pollination and honey production.
Considering that these pollinators allow for us to keep the crop productions at levels that sustain our population as well as pollinating the plants that we use to create cow feed for our beef industry to sustain itself with our growing numbers,
helping the bees is more important than ever.
What inspired us to do this ?
"Beekeepers across the United States lost 45.5% of their
managed honey bee colonies from April 2020 to April 2021, according to
preliminary results of the 15th annual nationwide survey"
"On Sunday morning, parts of Dorchester County were sprayed with Naled, a common insecticide that kills mosquitoes on contact." "at a single apiary, Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, 46 hives died on the spot, totaling about 2.5 million bees."
"Wild bees are also experiencing a decline. 50 percent of Midwestern native bee species disappeared from their home ranges over the last century."
Our Eureka Moment
"Colonies that swarmed more often, had lower Varroa infestation rates, had less disease, and had higher survival compared to others. These results indicate that the smaller nest cavities and more frequent swarming of wild colonies contribute to their persistence without mite treatments."
- Loftus JC, Smith ML, Seeley TD (2016) How Honey Bee Colonies Survive in the Wild: Testing the Importance of Small Nests and Frequent Swarming.
"Bee keepers for centuries have utilized practices that are counter to that of a natural hive, when a supersession or a swarming occurs thats what is supposed to happen." "We've been keeping these queens so we dont lose honey production and now were losing the bees. Its time for us to give back, Its time to change our ways."
- Miller - Founder of Apis Sanctum
We feel that if we can increase the population of wild honey bees, while providing them the necessary means to fight varroa mite infestations and diseases, we can increase our necessary pollination levels to the point where they should be, with out the need for a massive increase in large apiaries that will only continue practices that are not in the best interest of the bees. By utilizing studies conducted by Thomas D. Seeley and the Entomology Department of Cornell University at the Arnot Forest, we will implement a staging process to adapt our bees and train them to create smaller colonies and swarm more often in order to mimic the behaviors and conditions of the bees that have grown genetically resistant to varroa mite infestations and have thrived inside the Arnot Forest since the destructors introduction in 1990.
We will be working with local residents, schools, and government to impliment a Honey bee and Honey bee keeping education program. We believe that the only way to ensure a future for these vital pollinators is to educate our future on their importance.
We will also be working with Local farmers as well as trading free pollination services from our bees on farms that agree to limit or eleminate the use of insecticides/larvicides/pesticides for their crops.
We can reverse the damage that we have caused, and now we know how. Help us ensure a future for these vital insects and in doing so a future for our selves.