Beekeepers discuss keeping bees healthy at Haiku conference

Published: Feb. 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM HST
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui County beekeepers have been exploring ways to keep the insects healthy as the county remains one of the few places untouched by an invasive species known to attack honeybees.

The Maui News reports beekeepers gathered at the Maui Bee Conference over the weekend to discuss how to keep the bee population thriving.

Experts acknowledged the threat of the varroa mite, which feeds on bee larvae and lays eggs inside the hive. Maui County hasn't been affected by the invasive species, which made its way to Oahu in 2007 and the Big Island in 2008. On the Mainland, varroa mites have grown resistant to certain pesticides.

State Department of Agriculture official Lauren Rusert says keeping the pest away from Maui County can be achieved by reporting possible threats.

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