Jody Moore, a master beekeeper, keeps a local business in Chatham County, and he has amassed 40 hives since he began beekeeping in 2000.
But it’s not all good news that Moore gives as he discusses his business, how it grew and the current threats.
With the introduction of European, African and Asian bees into the United States, illnesses are spreading between hives like never before.
Parasitic mites are among the more common issues affecting bee colonies in Chatham County. Local beekeepers, he says, should keep a lookout by doing consistent mite checks.
With climate change, other species of bees, including Africanized bees, may be able to spread north — into the Carolinas. These are a more dangerous kind of bee that have caused several deaths.
And earlier frost dates also pose a great threat to the bee industry.
The agriculture of Chatham County depends on pollinators. Residents can call the Chatham County Beekeepers Association at 919-533-7473 or reach the swarm coordinator for emergencies at 919-637-8267.
Video by Charlotte Ririe / Our Chatham.