Bees have to be among the most misunderstood creatures on earth. People either love them or hate them. We all know that they make honey, and we know something of their social behavior, especially how they retaliate when agitated.
Some people, especially those who are allergic to bee stings, avoid these buzzing bugs at all cost. Others raise them for the honey and still others study them scientifically. As the scientists gather more information on bees and their contributions to society, we are hearing more and more about how these creatures contribute to our well being. The scientists have also released information on the dwindling number of bees and the possible causes of their demise.
The bees’ plight even made Time Magazine. The August 19, 2013 issue carried a story entitled, “A World Without Bees: The price we’ll pay if we don’t figure out what’s killing the honeybee.”
Scientists do not have the answer to the question about what’s wiping out whole bee colonies, but they are working hard to find those answers. Meanwhile the best thing we can do is to preserve those bees that we have left. Even if you’re allergic to bee stings, don’t try to wipe them out; just keep your distance.
There are several things you can do to help conserve the bee population. One suggestion is to not use pesticides that are harmful to bees. Even some organic compounds are toxic to bees. So, read the label carefully before applying controls. Our professionals do. They know there is always another material that will control the target pest without harming bees. Another, more pleasant activity is to install plants that supply plenty of the nectar that bees like.
You can also help bees by planting quick-growing ground cover, such as clover, to fill voids in your landscape. This will be beneficial to the environment as well as the bees. Besides providing the bees with nectar, these plants also prevent soil erosion and water runoff.
What’s in it for you? As the bees extract nectar from flowers, they will continue to pollinate your plants and those of your neighbors. They will also continue to make the honey that so many people depend on to sweeten their food.
If you want assistance in making your property bee-friendly, we have the professional staff to help.