Bees are the most important pollinators in the world’s food supply chain. An astonishing 35% of the world’s food supply is entirely dependent on the bees capability to pollinate. This means one thing: The fate of millions of species and billions of dollars of global crops rides on their tiny backs.
Bee colonies are collapsing around the world as parasites, pesticides and habitat destruction become increasing more common. For the first time this year, the bubble bee in the US was declared endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
What does this all mean? The bee decline affects mankind. Our lives depend on theirs.
So what can you do? If you are interested in saving yourself and the bees from extinction, here’s 4 things you can do:
1. Stop using pesticides!
Adding native plants to your garden combats the need to add pesticides. Native plants are better protected by their own “immune systems” and their relationships with other plants and animals in the area. Unless you have particular bee allergies, don’t be afraid of attracting pollinators to your property.
2. Allow growth of the pests natural predator
Ladybugs, ground beetles, and birds eat many pests, and fungi and moss can infect the pests naturally. Spraying chemicals often kills the beneficial bugs too.
3. Plant Single Pedal flowers
There are two types of flowers: Single pedal & Double pedal. Simply put, single pedal bees can pollinate, double pedal they can’t.
4. Provide a home
Unlike honeybees, which live in the waxy hives with which we’re all familiar, natural bees make use of many kinds of shelter: abandoned animal burrows, dead trees and branches and in underground nest tunnels.
You can help wood-nesting bees by setting out a few inexpensive bee blocks. These are basically blocks of wood with holes of various sizes. Providing a mound or two of loose earth — particularly if they’re close to a water source — is like opening a rent-free apartment complex for burrowing bees.
Hosting a few bee shelters will give you the opportunity to watch your visitors thrive.
5. Support your local Beekeepers
Seek out your local beekeepers and buy their honey. There are health benefits to eating local honey, and keeping small beekeepers in business is good for everyone. You’re likely to find them selling honey at local farmer’s markets and weekend flea markets. Treat yourself to some filtered or comb honey and enjoy one of nature’s treasures.
There’s a lot of different ways that you can help reverse the global problem of bee population decline. Any one of these simple acts is enough to evoke substantial change and benefits in your community. Share this article with you friends and talk about with other people if you are interested in saving the lives of the bees as well as your own!