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Bee population dwindling in North Carolina, country

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TRINITY, N.C. -- The Beekeeper Association of North Carolina said the bee population has had a dramatic decrease in numbers this year.

As one of the owners of the Triad Bee Supply, John Pledger is concerned about the dwindling bee population.

"It was a 63.3 percent loss through winter," Pledger said. "We have seen that in every county we have gone to has about the same percentage loss from county to county."

While harsh winters usually take their toll, beekeepers said this loss is out of the ordinary.

"They don't hibernate, they broodinate, which means they're fully conscious throughout the winter," Pledger said. "They just cluster up. The colder it gets, the tighter the cluster and they vibrate their wing muscles to stay warm."

Pledger said this decline in the bee population has been going on nationwide for the past ten years. He said pesticides are a factor since they can cause bees to suffer a neurological disability and lose their way back to the hive.

"It would certainly be wise to consider what type of pesticide you're putting on your garden," he said. "SevIn Dust is a real culprit."

While many people fear getting a bee sting, officials said these are actually very gentle creatures and do more good for people than bad.

They don't just pollinate flowers, but the food we eat.

"I think it was Einstein that said it, that if the honeybee were to go extinct today, in three years mankind would go extinct," Pledger said.

So Pledger and other beekeepers around the state are hoping you'll do your part, so that we can all live in harmony.

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