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Zika Scare threatens South Carolina bees

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Danny Cannon is a bee farmer at Bee Trail Farm in Lexington. Danny Cannon is a bee farmer at Bee Trail Farm in Lexington.
Honey is one of many foods that could become threatened with the loss of honeybees. Honey is one of many foods that could become threatened with the loss of honeybees.

By Shannon O'Connell

Major changes could be coming to our food supply after millions of bees were killed in Dorchester County recently. One Lexington bee farmer is trying to prevent that from happening.

Danny Cannon has been beekeeping for the past 18 years. Over the past decade, he has noticed that large numbers of honeybees have been dying off. He says this threatens our food supply.

“All the good things we eat come from the pollination of natural pollinators,” says Cannon.

The loss of bees could mean the loss of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and of course, honey.

The most common reasons for mass casualties of honeybees are disease and bad weather, but recently, there has been something new that has been a threat to Cannon’s bees.

“We create an imbalance where we are spraying for certain pests and kill off bees,” he says.

That is exactly what happened to the honeybees at Bee Trail Farm. There was an aerial mosquito spraying for the Zika Virus over Dorchester County that killed millions of bees.

Cannon says beekeepers can do to protect their bees from the Zika spray.

“Moving bees out of the area or to cover them up at night so you can deal with the spraying and not have the casualties,” he says.

He hopes to save the lives of honeybees by spreading his advice.

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