Commitment to Purity

We sell honey, beeswax, and nucs that are pesticide free. We would not be able to select for genetic-based mite resistance if we used any pesticides in our colonies or in our stored equipment. Therefore our honey, beeswax, bees and bee equipment have never been exposed to pesticides or pesticide residues.  

During the past seven years Harbo Bee Company has served as a source for honey bees that are resistant to Varroa destructor, the parasitic mite that has been the world-wide number one beekeeping problem for the past 40 years. We select for and propagate varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH), a genetic trait that enables worker bees to control mites. Our major products are queens (VSH breeder queens) that will produce daughter queens that each possess all of the alleles for the VSH trait. Our customers are professional and sideline queen producers within the USA who want bee colonies that do not need miticide treatments to control varroa.

We also sell honey locally and beeswax (local or shipped anywhere). We normally sell nucs and package bees locally but will not do so in 2018. We would not be able to select for genetic-based mite resistance if we used pesticides in our colonies or in our stored equipment, Therefore, our honey and beeswax as well as our bees and bee equipment have never been exposed to pesticides or pesticide residues.