RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander beekeeper lost nearly half of his hives this winter.
That's in line with what many other Wisconsin beekeepers noticed.
Controlling mites that infest the hives has been difficult in recent years.
Mites aren't the only things that have contributed to the loss of hives during the winter months.
"My biggest loss so far has been a lot of moisture related issues. I think that's due to my late feeding. They didn't get it dried down in time, and so I'm seeing a surplus of moisture in the hive," said Hansen Honey President Chris Hansen.
Hansen went into this winter with 12 hives and said there are about six or seven left.
He said losing about half of the hives over winter seems like a lot.
"It feels pretty high from a lot of the reports I'm hearing [and] people buying bees from us. Everybody's been telling me some pretty high losses," said Hansen.
Beekeepers will start shipping bees for sale across the country by the end of March.
Keepers usually collect most of their honey from May to July.