Animals may be considered pests for a number of reasons. They may spread diseases, cause damage to your home or lawn, or contaminate food supplies. Some, like bees and wasps, may even cause pain and dangerous allergic reactions. But what should be done when these “pests” are actually very important to the environment? In the case of bees, learning the facts about bees and understanding their behavior is important in the pest control decision-making process.
Bees are vital to the health of the ecosystem, and the people of the world depend on them for their food. Bees spread pollen that helps plants reproduce and are some of the most important pollinators in the world. Much of our food, including things like fruit, almonds, tomatoes, coffee, and much more are dependent on insect pollinators to thrive. Unfortunately, bees all over the world have been dying off in record numbers. One United States based report found that 40% of that country’s bee colonies died in 2014. These deaths are happening in many places and could have a very detrimental effect on the human population.
Scientists aren’t sure what is contributing to the huge die-off, but some of the factors could include: pollution of the air, water, and soil, extreme climate changes, reduction of wild prairies, monocrop culture, overuse of pesticides, extension of lawns, and industrial beekeeping practices.
So, what are some things you can do to help save the bees? The New York Bee Sanctuary provides a long list, but here are just a few of their simple ideas:
- Buy local, raw honey so that you can meet the beekeeper and discuss sustainable practices
- Plant a garden using native, bee-friendly flowers and plants
- Avoid planting large areas of lawn because it is not beneficial for pollinators
- Don’t aggressively weed your garden so the bees will have a source of food
- Become a beekeeper yourself!
There are over 1500 native bee species in Australia, and the vast majority of them are not aggressive and will not sting unless absolutely necessary. Bees, unlike wasps that become a nuisance by hanging around people and food, are often solitary and mind their own business. (Read more about the differences between bees and wasps.) Most of the time, bee control is unnecessary.
Unfortunately, bees can be dangerous for some people who are allergic. In cases like this, beehives close to homes can become a real hazard and some control measures might need to be implemented. In some instances, hives can be moved to save the bees and keep your family safe. Each situation is different, so a trained pest control professional should be contacted to assess the situation.
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