What important role do bees play in our everyday life? A lot more than people realize. One out of every three mouthfuls in the American diet is produced via honeybee pollination. From fruits to veggies to nuts to herbs to spices to coffee beans to tea and so much more.
Sadly, bees are dying at an alarming rate, 42 percent of bee colonies have collapsed in the United States since 2015. This means that our food supply is at a serious risk, if something doesn’t happen soon to save them.
What is causing such a loss in bee colonies?
- Pesticides: Chemicals that are designed to kill off insects that harm produce are the same chemicals that are killing off our friendly bees.
- Disease: Mites that carry pathogens weaken bees and makes them very susceptible to poisoning by pesticides.
- Climate Change: Warmer winters cause plants to shift their schedules and when that happens, bees have no flowers to feed on when they come out of hibernation.
- Habitat Loss: Rural areas are becoming more urban so bees are losing their homes filled with green grass and flowers.
What is being done to help bees?
- Certain regions, like Asia are hand-pollinating to help their food supply
- Big agriculture industries are securing healthy honey bees hives and moving them to safe areas where they can pollinate crops.
What you can do to help:
- Create a pesticide-free space for bees and encourage their pollinating
- Support local beekeepers by buying your honey local.
- Make a water supply for them. They can easily become dehydrated while working hard to collect nectar and pollen.
- Always spread awareness about the dangers against bees being successful.
- Start your own hive.
- Sponsor a hive, if you don’t have the space to own your own hive.
- Keep bee-friendly plants in your garden. They love dandelion and clovers.
- Make a donation:
- Beekeeping has been around since 20,000 BC
- Someone who studies bees is called a Melittilogist
- One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles to collect a pound of honey
- They have 5 eyes
- A queen bee lays 2,000 eggs per day
If you have a beehive in or around your home or business, it’s important not to use pesticides to get rid of it. Also, it’s unsafe to try to manage the removal of one on your own. Instead, call in some professionals. Wildout Animal and Pest Removal will come to your home, inspect the hive and offer you a reasonable price for removal.
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