Welcome to Red Dog Expressions. Your 100% locally owned and produced honey, locally adapted honey bee colonies and hardy, select, honey bee queens. Located in north Fort Collins, Colorado we are fortunate to be able to offer an extensive variety of naturally produced products.
Our main goal in beekeeping today is surviving and thriving with the number one honey bee pest, Varroa destructor, the varroa mite. This pest has led to the demise of hundreds of thousands of bee colonies throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the new term, CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder. The current GMO crops, and the use of additional pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and lack of foreage for the honey bees all remain additional challenges.
Because most of the damage done by the varroa mite is done in the capped cell, it’s difficult for beekeepers to get a true understanding of the colony loss potential from these mites. Now more than ever we are focusing on developing a stronger Integrated Pest Management system while increasing the Varroa Sensitive Hygienic traits within our own colonies.