Knowledge and experience are two key elements when it comes to producing top quality honey. Bees, left to themselves, will see to it that the honey is good. It is only when the beekeeper gets involved that quality may suffer. While saying this, in the absence of the beekeeper, bees take in nectar from many sources, some of which may be impacted by pesticides. While this is not deliberate, it may nonetheless, go under the radar. Very often beekeepers are aware of crops growing nearby their apiary which, may require pesticide treatments, and so can take precautions to protect the bees within the hives.

Aside from this, there are other impacts which the beekeeper alone is responsible for. Bees often require treatments for certain conditions in the beehive. Deviation from the specified dosage, the time of the year, strength of the colony and if honey is present in the hive, are just a few areas of concern. The main criteria here should be, that there is no chance of any compounds or residues ending up in the honey.