honey beeHoney bees are one of the world's most important pollinators for food crops, and we rely on them every day. Nonetheless, bee populations continue to decline as a result of widespread pesticide use and other environmental factors. 

The hive can be located in hollowed-out trees, logs, or even fence posts. If you discover a bee nest in your backyard, it’s important to seek out a trained professional.

A Closer Look: Honey Bees

Why Honey Bees Are Important for the Environment

Pollinators are essential for the reproduction of the vast majority of flowering plants. Fruits and vegetables all rely on pollinators to transport pollen from one flower to the next. 

However, the importance of bees extends beyond simply providing a source of nectar for countless fruits and vegetables. Bees are also responsible for the production of nuts, coffee, and even spices. The following are the top five reasons why bees are important:

  • Contribute to the production of one-third of our food supply
  • Contribute to the supply of 12 percent of the world's fibers, oils, and other raw materials.
  • Assist in the development of numerous medications
  • Help prevent soil erosion by providing food for wildlife

5 Ways How to Protect the Honey Bees

1. Let Your Lawn Grow Its Roots

Honey bees prefer something similar to their natural habitat like a meadow. Consider allowing a portion of your lawn to revert to its natural state. Allow dandelions and clover to regrow. Not only will you save time mowing your lawn, but the bees will appreciate it as well.

2. Say No to Pesticides and Herbicides

Pesticides and herbicides contain chemicals that are extremely poisonous to bees and other beneficial insects. Avoid using chemical sprays on your plants and in your yard. Conduct some research and experiment with some natural, bee-friendly alternatives. 

Even if a herbicide or pesticide is labeled "organic," it may still pose a risk. Instead, try some natural alternatives! You can improve the soil in your garden, remove weeds, and attract beneficial worms by using cardboard boxes, which you most likely have in your garage.

3. Make a Bee Garden

Plant bee-friendly herbs and flowers such as mint, lavender, and poppies. Choose flowers that are native to your area and bloom at various times of the year. Make a shallow container of water in your garden for the bees to rehydrate, and fill it with twigs and pebbles to give them a place to land.

4. Shop Responsibly

Supporting your local farmers and bees goes hand in hand. When possible, purchase your fruits and vegetables as well as honey from local farmers at local farmers' markets. 

Also, many beekeepers use products from their hives to create soaps, lotions, and beeswax candles. The more you can support environmentally friendly agriculture, the better!

5. Be Informed

There are numerous misconceptions about bees and their importance to the world we live in. It's time to get educated! 

There are numerous resources available to learn more about how bees communicate with one another, the diseases that are destroying our bees, and how they are an important part of our environment.

Rid-A-Bug Bee Removal Service

While bees are an important part of our agricultural system, you probably don't want them buzzing around your home and family. Bee removal can be difficult, and knowing how to get rid of bees is dependent on a number of factors. 

While there are several methods for removing unwanted bees from your home, the best solution is to contact a local beekeeper or pest control professional. Rid-A-Bug technicians are properly trained to remove bees from your home. 

For more information, contact us today.