Bees are among the most important insects to humans on Earth. Due to a.o. the use of pesticides, they have become under threat. But do not despair; you can help bees by following up on these tips.
9 things you can do to help save bees
The world would be a far different place if bees didn’t exist. Bees and other insects are vital for global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all crops. The pollinating service honeybees and the other pollinators provide helped produce around $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the US alone in 2010.
In the last half decade alone 30% of the national bee population has disappeared and nearly a third of all bee colonies in the U.S. have perished. Fortunately, you can action to help bees from becoming extinct. Below you find 9 practical tips with what you can do to help save bees.
9 things you can do to help save the bee
1. Plant a bee garden with flowers
Planting flowers – especially ones indigenous to your area – helps feed bees.
And it doesn’t require much space; a small garden, window box or rooftop is all it takes
2. Cut out toxic insecticides!
Try natural methods of pest control such as putting up bird boxes and blasting aphids with water. Or put a ladybird house near your plants to eat any aphids. Find out more here.
3. Buy local and support your local beekeeper
Buy Organically grown fruits, vegetables and honey at beekeepers in your area.
3 more great tips on how to help save bees
The Pollinator Partnership database collects habitats to build a bee community
Register your space if you have plants available for pollination
And the joy of working with a hive. Contact your local beekeeping club for more information
8. Prairies, not lawns
Lawns are cut too often and don’t have plants that benefit bees. Instead, plant prairies!
Good news! EU agrees to a total van on bee-harming pesticides
The world’s most common insecticides will be banned from all European agricultural fields within 6 months in order to protect both wild and honeybees, and this is fantastic news because our world would be a very different place if bees didn’t exist.
You can read up on the EU’s ban here.