Answered By: Connie Britton
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014     Views: 4070

Bees have enemies that include diseases, parasites, predators, and chemicals. Some diseases that affect bees are American Foulbrood, Chalkbrood, Nosema. Two mites are serious parasites of bees: the varroa mite and the tracheal mite. Bees and hives may also be subject to predators, such as bears, skunks, wax moths, and others. Finally, bees can be killed by spraying chemical pesticides too near the hives, so you might say that humans can be an enemy of bees. Bees don't just produce honey; they are also essential in the production of some fruits, vegetables and other crops through pollination. Though getting stung isn't pleasant, we need bees in order to have food. Here's more information about the enemies of bees: http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/Bee_Diseases/disease_index.html