How You Can Help Save The Bees
About eight years ago, beekeepers across the nation witnessed the disturbing devastation of their dying hives. It became what was known as the Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD and unfortunately, it still affects the country and many others in the world.
Back in October 2017, a research study had estimated that 30.7% of the bee colonies were lost in the U.S. and the source was unknown as to why this was happening. What’s more, the source of the alarming phenomenon is yet to be discovered.
There are over 60 factors that could be leading to CCD. Of the 60, the combination of pesticide use and the destruction of bee habitats could be playing a part.
This is not good especially since we rely on bees for our food supply. To put it in perspective, one honeybee colony can pollinate up to 75% of the veggies, fruits and nuts we eat in the U.S.! We have them to thank for all our favorite produce.
Just recently Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, who has been a beekeeper since 2014, has transformed his Mississippi 124-acre home into a honeybee sanctuary!
As reported to Forbes, he explained, ““We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation.” And he is absolutely correct.
The good news is that we can take steps too to ensure that the bees do not become extinct; below are a few ways to help:
Provide a home for the Bees
A safe place to live is necessary to both colony and solitary bees. Unlike the honeybees, which live in the hives, natural bees make use of different kinds of shelter. For instances, they can make homes in underground nest tunnels and dead trees and branches.
Turn your backyard into a refuge by adding native, non-hybrid plants and if you are having trouble choosing, see a florist to give you some ideas!
Plant veggies, fruits, and herbs like sage, lavender, oregano to name a few, to provide them with sources of sustenance. Also, go for bright colors like white, yellow, blue and violets flowering plants because bees have a hard time recognizing the color red.
You can help out by setting out economical bee blocks made out of wood. These boxes come in a variety of sizes to choose from. Sit out the boxes on a mound of Earth preferably by a small pool of water. Hosting a few bee homes will give you the chance to watch your new neighbors live!
Alternatively, you can purchase this bee habitat for less than twenty bucks!
Kick out the garden pesticides
Pesticides are horrible for humans and pets. They are even worse for the bees. Opt for organic and natural means of controlling pests in your garden.
Moving the directions of natural lawn care and organic gardening is a much healthier choice, in any case.
Bright, colorful and chemical-free gardens are a friendly invite to wild bees and your landscape will look gorgeous. Major win!
Support the beekeepers
Unstable bee populations and many commercial pressures has made raising bee communities less interesting, however we rely heavily on bees to pollinate our crops and gardens. Keeping the longstanding beekeepers in business is great for everyone.
Their job is to raise them and the benefits of eating and using honey is so beneficial. One of the best things to do is have your children, the next generation visit a beekeeper’s hives to teach them the importance of living with and respecting these helpful creatures.
If you need a local beekeeper, just go to your local farmer’s market. Chances are, you’ll bump into a few of them there. Support these folks, their business is surely needed!
Together, we can ensure that the next generation can enjoy the beauty of creation and all the helpful creatures of the wildlife, including the bees!