How to Help Honey Bees to Survive

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Bees are struggling every day to create honey both for us and for themselves. This path is not easy for them and they face many barriers on their way. Here are some tips to help honey bees survive.

Bee approaching sunflower

If you have a garden: Use your garden to help the bees

Plant Bee Friendly Flowers

One of the most effective things to do is to grow bee-friendly flowers. This seems like a small contribution; however, in fact, this can have a huge positive impact on both pollination and bees’ health.

Here are the names of some bee friendly flowers which are easy to grow.

  • Lavender
  • Rhododendron
  • White Clover
  • Cotoneaster
  • California Lilac
  • Bachelor’s Buttons
  • Thymus
  • Forget Me Not
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Escallonia

Place a Water Station Outside

It is a great thing to put a watering station for bees in your garden. It doesn’t require much budget and time from you.  You can simply take a bucket, fill it with water, and put some wood pieces on the surface in order bees can land on something to drink the water.

Standing water attract mosquitos and this is something you surely doesn’t want to do. To avoid mosquitos to place eggs on the water you can simply make the surface of the water move slightly.

Avoid Toxic Pesticides

Certain pesticides are extremely harmful to bees. There are types of pesticides which kill bees immediately. Also, chemicals harm their immune systems and navigational abilities. After being exposed to insecticides and fungicides bees find it very hard to find their way back to hives and/or fight simple infections.

Instead of using toxic pesticides you can simply learn how to make natural garden pesticides which will solve your problems with gardening and at the same time keep the environment clean and safe for bees.

Let you garden weeds live a while

If you want to create a heaven for bees, you should let your lawn grow and contain full of dandelions and clover. It is always a stress to see weeds growing in your garden; however, if you really care about this hard working little bugs you should let the weeds in your garden live a little bit longer before getting rid of it.

If you are a beekeeper: Make sure you know sustainable practices

Let the bees eat their own honey

Avoid feeding refined sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) it makes the colony even weaker. Also when you give bees HFCS they mix it with nectar during the process and in a result your honey is not pure anymore which will negatively affect both the bees and the business.

Avoid thin boxes and create natural log hives for them

When we think about beekeeping most of us think about bees in the thin boxes working hard to create a honey for us. It’s not so. Bees feel healthier if they live in a more natural environment. To learn how to create a log hive for you bees view this detailed guide on Tree Hugger by Kimberley Mok

Don’t harvest honey too early or too much

Make sure your bees have something to eat during the winter and while harvesting the hive make sure you leave enough honey for bees to survive and stay healthy. It’s always a good practice to consult a local beekeeper to learn the details and tricks.

If you are neither a beekeeper nor a garden owner: You still can fight for bees

If you really care about the bees and you want to do something to help them survive but you live in the downtown area and has nothing to do with beekeeping and gardening, you can still find ways to support the cause. One of the best ways to join the supporters is to sign a petition to ban harmful chemical pesticides. For instance, you can add your name to a petition urging USDA and EPA to ban highly toxic pesticides being heavily used in agriculture. 

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