“Even a small hive in your backyard can be really beneficial,” explained Smith. “That one hive can have a lot of bees – queen bees can lay up to 3,000 eggs a day, under the right circumstances – so being able to keep track of that many bees so easily can do a lot for the bee population.”
The decline in bees worldwide, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, can be attributed to several things, including pesticides, fungicides, and antibiotics, climate change, or small pests that spread disease between bees. Four of the major pests that are known to contribute to these diseases are tracheal mites, small hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites, which are considered to be the number one enemy of beekeepers worldwide.
That is, except for in Newfoundland.
For that, beekeepers in Newfoundland can thank something known as the importation ban.