4 Ways You Can Help Keep Honey Bees from Disappearing Forever
As we revel in the long awaited warmth and later sunsets, we bid goodbye to the deep freeze that enveloped much of the country early this year. The recent winter conditions has been harsh to us, more so for the bees.
Many states have confirmed high numbers of bees that succumbed to the past cold season, with Iowa estimating an alarming 65 to 70 percent loss of the state’s honey bee population. Bees are naturally made to handle the cold however with pesticide problems and colony collapse - factors that have long plague the bees - their fragile health were further threatened.
Bees are significant to agricultural output and are primarily responsible for pollinating $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S annually. Further declines in the bees’ population may result in a spike in agricultural prices, while farmers work extra hard to keep their bees fit and strong to curb future loss.
What You Can Do:
Ditch pesticides and gardening chemicals, as they are highly toxic to bees. Opt for organic ways to grow healthy plants for instance, using compost for healthy soil and controlling pest with homemade remedies.
Grow flowering plants in your garden to give bees handy sources of pollen and nectar.
Be a beekeeper in your own backyard. A beehive kit starts at $100 and you can purchase it from your local bee supply house.