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Beekeeping at Adam's | Pollinator Policy

Adam’s Pest Control Reminds Everyone to “Bee” Friendly

At first, beekeeping and a message of conservancy may seem inconsistent coming from a pest management company, but not when that company is Adam’s Pest Control. As an early adopter of Integrated Pest Management and the first pest control company in the nation to offer GreenPro-certified services under the National Pest Management Association’s new, higher standards, it shouldn’t be surprising that Adam’s is also an advocate for protecting bees and other pollinators.

ADAM’S BEEKEEPING

Adam’s began beekeeping in June, 2019 when it first introduced approximately 12,000 bees to their new hive. The queen and her colony are Minnesota-hardy bees, which were selected because of their ability to thrive in Minnesota’s harsh winters. The five-frame starter kit included 3 frames of Brood (open and closed) and 2 frames of Honey/Pollen.

The hive is located in the rear corner of Adam’s property with access to a large wetlands area and nearby farms. With advice from the U of M’s Bee Lab, Adam’s planted a variety of bee friendly plants that were specifically selected to provide flowers throughout the growing season. The hive is enclosed in an 8’ x 8’ x 7’ height cage that protects the bees from natural predators, inquisitive onlookers, and tree branches.

Adam’s championed the ability to keep bees in Medina. Because of Adam’s interest, Medina’s City Council changed its local ordinance to allow small-scale beekeeping (up to 4 hives) on commercial properties. (Beekeeping on small residential lots in Medina is still prohibited.)

Watch Elizabeth Ries of Twin Cities Live visit Adam’s beehive. At Adam’s, we want to keep you safe from wasp stings but we also protect and respect our honey bee pollinators! Watch the TCL Bee Video (opens page at Twin Cities Live website)

ADAM’S TREATMENT POLICY REGARDING POLLINATORS

Adam’s Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) do not apply pesticides to any blooming or flowering plants or trees, including weeds. Nor do they allow the pesticide to drift onto blooming plants adjacent to the target plants.

Adam’s does not use any systemic agricultural pesticides, including neonicotinoids, on any plants.

If honey bees nesting inside wall voids pose a health risk, Adam’s provides a list of local beekeepers the property owner may call to arrange for safe relocation of the bees.

WHY PROTECTING BEES IS IMPORTANT

Honey bees and other pollinators perform about 80% of all pollination of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees.

Grains are primarily pollinated by the wind, but many fruit, nut and vegetable plants cannot reproduce without the help of insect pollinators.

A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.

HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BEES FROM WASPS

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

More resources:

University of Minnesota Bee Lab: www.beelab.umn.edu
Plants for Pollinators: http://cues.cfans.umn.edu/old/pollinators/plants.html
Gardening for Pollinators: www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers.pollinators/gardening.shtml