We need bees.
In addition to pollinating the various wildflowers that enhance the beauty of our countryside, honeybees help plants produce fruit and set seed, providing food and habitat for Earth's other creatures.
Honeybees and other pollinators are vital for a stable, varied, and nutritious food supply for both humans and animals. One in every three bites of delicious food we are lucky enough to eat is made possible by the work of honeybees. Even plants, such as clover and alfalfa, that are grown to feed to livestock for meat production at least partly depend on bee pollination. Some crops, such as almonds, would never grow without honeybees. Likewise, many tree species, like willows and poplars, eventually just wouldn't exist.
Bees need us.
More and more people are beginning to realize the importance of honeybees to our ecosystem and to our daily lives. For honeybees to really thrive we need to take action. Don't just talk about it, bee about it! Here's how ...
Make your yard pollinator friendly
Say no to neonicotinoids. Neonics are a class of insecticides chemically similar to nicotine that act on certain kinds of receptors in the nerve synapse. Neonics are absorbed by plants and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to bees. Household items such as vinegar and epsom salt can be used in place of harsh chemicals. Check out A Home Gardener’s Guide To Safe, Bee-Friendly Pesticides here for more ideas.
Plant the right stuff. Honeybee’s are more attracted to certain flowers, so bee sure to plant what they like, such as herbs, sunflowers, and lavender. Check out "100 Plants to Feed the Bees" here, or head to your local nursery for suggestions about what will grow well in your area and also be attractive to pollinators. Some meticulous lawn lovers might cringe at this, but let the clover and dandelions grow. Peak flowering time begins in March, when many bees and other pollinators first emerge from overwintering. These early bloomers are packed with nectar and pollen and many times are the only source of food available.
Provide fresh water. Worker bees use water to control the temperature and humidity of the colony. Bees don't store water like they do pollen and honey so a continuous fresh water supply is vital to their survival. To make a simple watering station, fill a dish or birdbath with rocks and then add water, making sure some of the rocks are sticking up above the water's surface. Bees can't swim, so they need to be able to sit safely on the edge of a rock to get a drink. Freshen the water every other day or position the watering station under a leaky outdoor faucet. A small automatic pet waterer (with rocks added to the dish) is another easy trick.
Donate to the Bee Cause Project
This not-for-profit installs honeybee observation hives in schools worldwide to provide the next generation with opportunities to understand, engage with, and learn from honeybees. So far the Bee Cause has installed hives in 500 schools!
Buy organic. Organic crops cannot be grown with synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or sewage sludge and cannot be genetically engineered or irradiated. Look for the USDA organic seal on products. Hit the nearest farmer's market or roadside stand to buy locally grown produce. Many small-scale farmers are also beekeepers and many of them sell the honey from their hives. Win, win!
At Savannah Bee Company, honeybees are our passion. We are dedicated to educating children and adults about the impact bees have on the Earth and the various health and beauty benefits of honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis. Acts big and small can have a positive impact on the bees and their future. By purchasing our honey and hive-inspired beauty products, you are supporting beekeepers and honeybees.