Tips For Pest Control

How to Help Save the Honeybees

Save-HoneybeesFor more than 20 years, it’s been clear that the bees we need to help grow food crops aren’t doing well. The phenomenon of ‘colony collapse’ has left numbers drastically reduced. Scientists are concerned that there’s a real threat to food supplies.

So what can a concerned citizen do to help? This is one situation where ordinary people can really make a difference.

Feed the Bees

First of all, and easy to do, you can plant bee-friendly plants in whatever space you have. Even if that’s just a window box, every little helps to provide healthy food for the insects. If you have a decent sized yard, then there are all sorts of plants that fit the bill, buddleia being a classic choice. Hollyhocks and foxgloves are good too, and all the old cottage garden flowers.

If all you have is a window box, maximizing its bee-friendliness is an enjoyable project. There’s plenty of advice on the internet, and it’s good to know that bees like flowering herbs, so you can share the produce too.

Don’t Poison Them

Don’t use pesticides. They’re often harmful to beneficial insects like honey bees. Neonicotinoids have been shown to damage bees, and other pesticides poison other ‘good’ insects like ladybirds. Pesticides may not be the only thing that’s affecting global bee health, but they are thought to be a big factor in the decline in numbers.

Support Beekeepers

Buy local honey. If there’s a farmer’s market somewhere near you, you should be able to get some there. If you use local honey, you’ll help the environment by cutting food miles. You’ll also help your small local bee-keepers to make a living from their hives, or at least cover their expenses. The more small local beekeepers there are, the more local bee colonies will thrive. Your plants will do better with hives in the locality too.

Spread the Word

Learn about bees and spread the knowledge. You could even take a course and think about starting a hive, or hosting one for someone who’s short of space. Even in cities there’s usually a local bee-keeping association you can contact for help and advice from bee enthusiasts.

If you’re a member of a local club or association of some kind, you can try asking a beekeeper to come and give a talk on how and why to encourage bees, and the art of beekeeping. Most of them will have someone who’s delighted to spread the word.

You shouldn’t worry about having bees in the garden. They are generally peaceable insects with no tendency to sting unless they feel threatened. Their pleasant background humming is a lovely natural sound. If you don’t bother them, they are very unlikely to bother you.

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