Bees are declining across the country

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many people recognize bees for their harsh stings, but what many people don’t realize is just how important these insects are to our ecosystem.

Bees are rapidly declining and officials says that’s a major problem.

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The Bee Informed Partnership has been studying the decline of bees since 2006 and it says this winter had the largest drop since then.

In Kentucky, bees dropped about 33% according to the Bee Informed Partnership.

Doug Potter has been in the honeybee business for about four years.

He says the business has been tough, but he doesn’t think honeybees will go extinct.

“It would be like if a third of your chickens died every year you’d have to spend a lot more time raising more chickens than collecting eggs,” said Doug Potter.

Potter says the decline is due to loss of habitat, pesticides, and the parasite varroa mite.