RHINELANDER - More honey bees will find a home in the Northwoods this spring. Workers at Hansen Honey Farm based out of Rhinelander made three extra trips to California to bring millions of bees to Wisconsin. This will help alleviate the losses beekeepers have seen the past two years.
"This last winter itself wasn't so bad, but summertime was a very poor time for honey production in Wisconsin," said Hansen Honey Farm Co-Owner Jody Hansen. "So that caused bees not to have a great build-up and to not be very healthy going into winter."
Some local beekeepers lost all of their hives this winter. The Hansens hope they can entice more people to take up beekeeping. Hansen reccomends against using harsh pesticides to keep bees safe during summer. Keeping them insulated and well fed will help the bees survive the winter.