Why the World Needs Bees

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • June 05, 2018

Save the bees, save the world.

For most people, bees are nothing more than an annoyance. Honey bees, German Black bees, Carpenter bees–you name it.They buzz in our ears, ruin our picnics, and chase us around our yards. So when you see a bee, your first instinct is likely to kill it.

You might think one less bee will make the world a better place. It’s actually quite the opposite. Each time you kill a bee, you’re creating more trouble for the environment.

Sure, bees can be irritating at times but they play a very important role in keeping the world alive and healthy. The recent bee population decline is a big concern for researchers and should be for you too. Here’s why…

Bees–can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.

As pollinators, bees visit flowers in search of food. In doing so, they catch pollen on their bodies and transfer it to flowers to fertilize them. This pollination enables plants to fruit, seed, and breed.

Other pollinators include butterflies, wasps, moths, beetles, and some birds, bats, and lizards; but the bee is by far the most effective because of the number of flowers they visit.

There are over 20,000 known species of bees. Each type of bee species is specialized to pollinate particular plants.

For example: ‘Early bumblebees’ are small and agile, which makes them perfect pollinators for plants with drooping flowers; while ‘garden bumblebees’ have long tongues, which allow them to pollinate deep flowers.

Bees fill our bellies and our pockets.

More than 90% of the leading global crop types are visited by bees. Farmers rely on the diversity and growth of the bee population to pollinate their produce. So, bees literally power the crop industry.

Without bees to pollinate, our diets would be dull, poor, and way less nutritious.

Evidence shows that natural bee pollination process increases the overall quality of crops from the nutritional level to shelf life.

Also, take into account the livestock that became the meat we consume are fed crops… crops that wouldn’t have grown without the help of the bee pollination.

So now you can see bees play an important role in our lives. Our diets and nutritional health rely on what bees do. And bees contribute to an estimated $15 billion in U.S crop value. So not only do bees keep humans alive and well, they also fuel our economy.

But, the United States government says that bees are currently dying at an economically unsustainable rate.

There isn’t one specific reason why bees are disappearing. In fact, there is much debate surrounding the issue. The use of pesticides and climate change seem to be two of the biggest contributing factors.  

After WWII, the agricultural use of pesticides became wildly popular. The application of one pesticide in particular, neonicotinoid has had a detrimental impact not only on the bees but on the environment in general.

Other factors responsible include various parasites, habitat destruction, and other damaging human practices.

The bees need our help.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said bees are one of the best sustainable ways to boost food security and support sustainable farming…They need our help.

If you’d like to help here are a few things you can do:

  • Plant a variety of bee-friendly flowers in your yard and garden.
  • Be careful not to overspray your yard with chemicals.
  • Buy local honey!
  • Buy local, organic food.
  • Learn how to be a beekeeper with sustainable practices.
  • Keep a positive attitude when you see a bee, they’re not out to get you.
  • Let your government know how important bees are to you.

Hopefully, now you’re able to appreciate bees and everything they do for us. We genuinely hope you’ll join us in taking the next steps to save the bees.

Don’t get us wrong, the world does need bees, but your home is definitely not the place for an infestation. Keep the bees in the garden and away from your home with pest control.

You can count on Killingsworth Environmental to eradicate and alleviate any pest concerns you may have. We use the most environmentally safe chemicals on the market to create a pest-resistant barrier around your entire home (including your garage and crawl space). Find more on Killingsworth Environmental Pest Control Services and schedule your free inspection with a pest specialist.

 

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