Most of us know how important bees are to our environment and most of us know that they are now endangered. For this article I have three tips to help bees survive.
Tip #1: Nourishment
Bees frequently grow tired from carrying pollen back and forth and working all day and many may stop and sit on the floor to rest. This may be dangerous because of other humans walking around that may want to hurt them or might just not see them and accidentally step on them, or perhaps a hungry bird or another predator. The best way to help in this situation if you can is to move them out of the way of immediate traffic (off the sidewalk and to the grass perhaps) and give them a mixture of a little water and sugar to refuel their energy. Don’t worry, the bee doesn’t want to hurt you, they just want to get back to harvesting pollen for their honey!
Tip #2: Gardening
In order for bees to make honey, they need a LOT of pollen. And for that, they need a lot of flowers! You can do a great service to the bees, the environment, your house, and yourself by planting flowers that attract bees! But make sure that the plant or even the seed itself hasn’t been treated with pesticides that may kill the bee or make it forget the scent of flowers (read more about it here & here)
“Long-tongued bees will be attracted to plants in the mint family, such as nepeta, salvia, oregano, mint andlavender. Long-tongued bumblebees are attracted to flowers with hidden nectar spurs, such as larkspur, monkshood, monarda, columbine and snapdragons.”
Tip #3 Construction
Bee hotels are the perfect way to make your home a sanctuary for our fuzzy friends! Most people are afraid of housing bees in their backyards because they are afraid of getting stung, don’t worry! The bees that will be living in your hotels are solitary bees that do not sting or make honey.
Here are some basic instructions to making your very own bee hotel!