How to Protect Wax from Insecticides?
For a longer period of time, beekeeping world points to the problem of contaminated WAX. By treating bees against pests, and mostly varroa, various products are inserted in the hive. That practice damages bees, contaminates honey and wax. Until now we had no choice. However, we live in a time when science created products that can efficiently be used against varroa with proven methods that are really reliable.
Besides, worldwide various laws are adopted that insist on honey not containing not even little bit of pesticides. The observations of beekeepers are true regarding the quantity of the matter and that it cannot damage the health of those, who day after day to a greater extent are caused by other agricultural products (paprika, tomato, pickles, apples and similar) that are treated with more and more inappropriate dosages and poisonous chemicals against herbal vermin and disease. However, regulations are regulations, and I personally believe that they are made in such a way for the protection of the population, and to protect our own market from foreign competition.
So, world today demands clean unpolluted wax, but how to provide such a thing? In order to be absolutely clean, there is only one way. That is the population of a “new swarm” in an empty hive. Then everything is in natures hands, with possible food additives. That swarm will build a honeycomb. In the certain moment force the bees out and take the wax. Clean as whistle. That type of wax will be priceless in a couple of years!
The problem of acquiring uncontaminated wax is slowly becoming problem number two in beekeeping, right after varroa. Why? Because chemical products contaminate the wax. He accumulates certain chemical until a given limit, limit that is different for each substance. When that limit is reached and exceeded, chemical begins to enter in the honey, which is not permitted. If honey gets contaminated, it releases a part of toxic substance in the wax, that stores that amount, and one day it transfers it to some other honey that will be stored in that honeycomb.
Someone will surely ask the question how is it that pesticides (dissolvable in wax) leave their favorite fat environment and enter in honey? That has been known to happen, and depending on the type of the pesticide, in various extents. Apart from that, the greater the amount of insecticide in was, the more probable it is that it will transfer in honey. But there are exceptions. Insecticide Flumethrin is very tightly bonded to wax, and cannot be detected in any honey not even in concentrations of 400mg/kg. the question arises at which concentration of some varroacide in wax it begins to transfer into honey. Experts feel that for most insecticides that concentration is 1mg/kg of wax.
Of course, transferring to uncontaminated honeycomb is not done in one day. Contaminated wax will have to be slowly thrown out from our beehives. Although the results from analysis of most types of honey are pretty good, and encouraging, we have to be careful. If we were to export a problematic honey just once, and it returns because of analysis that determined the presence of insecticide (fluvalinate, brompropylat, amitraz, propargyl, coumaphos, etc), we would lose all reputation even before we build some, and closed the doors to potential buyers. Of course, a special problem is the level of equipment of our laboratories for HONEY ANALYSIS.
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