Fall survey results.
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Fall Survey 2014 NY Bee Wellness

Thank you to all who have completed the survey!

The survey represents a sample of non-migratory beekeepers from across New York State
. The results may also assist those who are conducting classes for or providing mentoring to other beekeepers.
Please send any comments,suggestions, or questions. The survey can be further refined on request.
Please watch for the NY Bee Wellness Spring Survey in 2015.
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Links to the regional survey results are at the bottom of the page.

Healthy Bees - NY Bee Wellness

1) 212 Non-migratory beekeepers reported, from 52 of 62 counties in New York State

1278- Total number of bee colonies in April 2014

2212- Total number of bee colonies in November 2014

74%- Average increase of colonies during the growing season 2014


2) NOTE: Problems listed are those that beekeepers have encountered as indicators of hive health threats, and are NOT necessarily problems that eventually led to colony death.

Some respondent comments:

  • "I had a problem with just one hive, when the queen disappeared and they didn't make another I shook them out and put the equipment away."

  • "marked queen apparently replaced mid summer"

  • "Bees looked the best they have in years. Some signs of mite stress in late summer. SHB are more prevalent than in previous years, but not a problem."

  • "My bees were pretty healthy this year, but had a lot of swarming issues late in the season mid Aug to mid Sept."


Some respondent comments:

  • "I don't check the mite levels - I just treat regardless"

  • "I sugar shake in mid-spring, then about monthly, before any treatment to confirm need. But I also do more or less contant sticky boarding, year-round. Yes, I do it during the winter, too! It's always informative to study the trash."

  • "I know I have mites"

  • "I watch for Deformed Wings"


4) Did you treat for mites?

NO- 47.64%

YES- 46.7%


5) Mite Control used:

NOTE: use does not prove effectiveness, this is not intended as a review of products.


- Mite Away QS 37; Apivar 7; Oxalic acid 7; Apiguard 7; Powdered sugar 4; Hopguard 4; Essential oils 4; Drone comb removal 3; Apistan 2; Amitraz 2; Mineral oil fogging 1; Honey Bee Healthy 1; Powdered sugar with garlic 1



6) Beekeepers planning to overwinter nucleus colonies.

         - 21% of respondents plan to overwinter nucleus hives

Some respondent comments:

-"Condensed hives to strong levels as usual. used NUCS for this"

-"Half of hives are two colony hives. I have more clusters than hives reported."

-" I do not know how"


7) Were you pleased with this year's honey crop?

  • YES- 54.17%

  • Somewhat, 32.81%

  • NO- 13.02%


Some additional respondent comments:

  1. "I'd love to have info on common bee forage plants and their blooming seasons in upstate NY. I haven't found this in a publication or on a website."

  2. "Keep me posted on outbreaks of various disease concentrations...foulbrood..etc."

  3. "Keep sending information on Varroa / Virus complex and updates on upcoming "Remebee" product from Monsanto / Beeologics. This is where the varroa story will end. Genetics!"

  4. "improve agents for control of mites"

  5. "I'm thinking that by taking a closer look at my queenlines, I may get better results as far as honey production..."

  6. "The lack of swarms this year was VERY significant"



Some of the reviews for NY Bee Wellness, Thank you!

  1. "Keep up the good work"

  2. "It's a good resource".

  3. "super program, Batavia program was better than good...thank you"

  4. "The NYBW program has done much to assist me already with the Tier I and II Training which I felt was great."

  5. "Thank you so much! Great program and extremely valuable!!"

  6. "Thank you for your organization!"

  7. "Thanks for ALL you do! Let's get bees population back to THRIVING!"

  8. "NYBW is deeply appreciated. Thank You"


To all, please ask yourself the question, “does the work of NY Bee Wellness benefit you and your interests?”.
Please consider donating to continue more surveys,educational programs and outreach. Your donation supports our work. Please consider making a donation to NY Bee Wellness or mail your donation to NY Bee Wellness, Inc POB 25291 Rochester NY 14625.

            - Pat Bono, Project Director, NY Bee Wellness
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Please click on links below for regional survey data.

Western Region: Erie, Niagara, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegheny Counties. (Albany, Jamestown)


North Central Region: Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Wayne, Seneca, Yates Counties. (Rochester, Canandaigua)


South Central Region: Schuyler, Cayuga, Tompkins, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Cortland Counties. (Ithaca)


Central Region: Oneida, Onondaga, Madison, Chenango, Broome, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer Counties. (Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton)


Northern Region: Jefferson, Oswego, Lewis, St Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren Counties. (Watertown)


Eastern Region: Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer Counties. (Albany)


South East Region: Greene, Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties. (Poughkepsie, Kingston)


NYC Metro Region: Bronx, Richmond, Kings, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk

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