You can keep bees around your home by taking steps to counter the influence of a mite that kills and cripples local bees. The Beekeepers Club of Door County is a local group working to educate the public about the importance of maintaining bee populations. Club president Mark Lentz says the varroa mite is killing bees through the United States and in growing numbers in Door County.
He says when bees are attacked by the mite, wings are crippled and bees die.
Lentz says it's very important for beekeepers to test for varroa mites in their hives and you can do that by getting the equipment from the Door County Beekeepers Club. Lentz welcomes anyone interested in beekeeping as a hobby or just to assist in the pollination process for gardens to come to a monthly meeting held at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Tuesday night.