The Bees Are Dying!
Studies show that a big reason for the sudden LARGE drop in the Honey Bee population has to do with our carelessness and over use of pesticides. Pesticide use has become a common thing. People not wanting their gardens devoured by caterpillars, or their roses deformed by aphids. That trail of ants coming through the kitchen is pretty annoying too!
So what do we do? Well, that’s easy, we go down to the market and get some bug spray or powder, and the stronger or longer lasting it is, the better! Then we go home and apply; some of us might put that little extra just to make sure. Then for awhile you don’t have to deal with the headache. One thing though, we are not the only living things on the planet, and all of these other living things are here for a reason, they do have a purpose, no matter how small, gross, or annoying some of us might think they are. Ants, maggots, cockroaches, they eat things we might think are disgusting, but imagine if they weren’t here. Anything that has died or our trash would just sit there and build up, now I think that would be a lot more disgusting!
Well, Honey Bees have a purpose too, they pollinate our flowers so they can produce seeds. Without the seeds, the plants would die, and there would be no way to have more. Most of plant pollination is by our Honey Bees. Plants help in the cycle that produces the air we breathe for one, and they also help clean the air we have polluted. But they also produce the fruits and vegetables we eat, and a lot of other species of insects and animals eat too. We don’t only use plants for food, we use them for clothing, shelter, paper, beauty products, and so much more. Just about every living thing on this planet depends on bees when it comes down to it.
Last year American beekeepers reported that their Honey Bee colony population is down by about 40% according to U.S. News. Now none of us want our kitchens full of ants or our plants and gardens devoured over night, but their is a better option than using pesticides, thank goodness! “What”,You may ask? Beneficial insects and nematodes would be the answer.
There are so many different types of beneficial insects, I had recently done posts on The Praying Mantis and The Ladybug, both of which have a mighty appetite for those bugs you just don’t want in your garden. And the Nematodes, specifically parasitic nematodes, can be added to the soil, they eat a wide range of pests from cut worms, to ants and fleas. And all of these beneficial insects can be purchased. It is our responsibility to realize what is going on and stop contributing to the loss of our very important bees, by using beneficial insects in the place of pesticides is a good start. I have included a few links below where beneficial insects and nematodes can be purchased, some plants that attract and feed the bees, and a few informational books. I hope this will help you Be Bee Friendly!
Beneficial Insects and Nematodes HERE
1,000 FRENCH CRIMSON CLOVER Seeds – Nectar Source for Honey Bees – BULK Trifolium Incarnatum ~ FRAGRANT FLOWERS
778mg Organic Sunflower Seeds Variety Mix ~Attract Birds and Bees Ornamental
The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity
Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them