More than 90% of the worlds plants depend on insects like bees for fertilization and reproduction. We in turn depend on these plants for food. It therefore goes without saying that some of the world’s best pollinators including bees are perhaps the best natural resource the world has. But bees and other pollinators are increasingly under threat of extinction thanks to the destruction of their natural habitat.
If we can save the bee, we can save our source of food and livelihood. The following are just some of the 10 things everyone can do to help the bees remain the useful pollinators they are;
- The most important thing we can do to help save bees and keep them pollinating is to stop using insecticides. Instead, we should consider non chemical pest control methods.
- If you have a lot of space on your garden, you might want to consider letting some of the land go wild. This will create a safe space for bees and other insects and encourage them to do what they do best.
- At the same time you want to increase the variety of plants you have in your garden. This will give bees and other pollinators like butterflies adequate sources of food throughout the year. There are some plants that provide a lot of nectar and many others that are simply ornamental and don’t have a lot of nutritional value for the insects.
- It is also essential that you avoid buying seeds that have been coated with pesticides. Most people do that in an attempt to prevent plant diseases. But they also kill some of the essential pollinators your plants will need to grow.
- It is also worth noting that some commercial compost can also have chemicals that may harm bees. Check the labels when buying to ensure you are buying compost made of organic materials. You’ll be helping the bees but also maintaining the quality of your plants.
- Remember that bees also need something to drink. It may be a good idea to have a bird bath on your garden or a shallow bowl. Add a few pebbles to help them easily climb in an out of the bowl.
- Plant some wildflowers on your garden. They don’t take too much work, simply scratch them into the soil and nature will take its course.
- Native bees don’t live in hives but in burrows in the trees of ground. Provide various shelter options for them on your garden and they will reward you with healthier fruit and vegetable harvests.
- If you have a lot of space on your garden, consider dedicating a corner to a hive or two. Choose a site for the hives that is closer to flowers and a water source.
- Finally, support your local bee keeper by choosing to buy honey directly from them as opposed to the manufactured kind. High tech farming products can be harmful to the environment and your health.