Deaths of honey bees
Original post made by Alice Danielson, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 22, 2007
Several years ago in Palo Alto we had mites that were destroying our fuchsias and Eugenia hedges. Santa Clara County introduced a wasp or some other organism into the atmosphere. I believe that the control was effective. My son has a Eugenia hedge that is flourishing now. My orange trees do not seem to have as many white flies. I do not know about the fuchsias; I gave up on mine.
I hope the scientists are going to try the wasps or some predators to try to attack the mites.
Evidently, the bumble bees have not been affected by the mites; so if our honey bees become extinct, we may become dependent upon the bumblebees for our crops.