By Kaaren Grimminger, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener
Be careful with the honeybees. They are definitely our friends. In the last few years, the varroa mite has greatly damaged the honey bee population. It attaches itself to the fat area of the bee or the larvae, feeding off of it, and thereby lowering the immunity of the bee, leaving it susceptible to viruses. Pesticides can be very dangerous for honeybees: follow all directions and, if possible, find a safe alternative.