Saving the western honey bee, Apis mellifera Linnaeus

 

Here are some things that you can do to save our bees:

Protect & Create bee habitat

Everyone can make an impact whether in the country or the city by saving and expanding bee habitat. Plant a bee garden or create a habitat corridor filled with nectar-rich plants such as wildflowers. 

Avoid harmful pesticides.

Synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides can harm bees in 2 ways first harming the bees directly and secondly used improperly (even "bee safe") spraying during bee feeding times can destroy much needed feed and cause adverse reactions in the bees.

 

Using these pesticides in your yard or garden can not only keep bees away, but also harm or kill the bees. If you must treat your yard or garden, opt for organic pesticide options, avoiding all neonicotinoids and spray in the early evening or night when pollinators are least active. Or use beneficial insects such as praying mantises and ladybugs in your garden. 

Plant a bee-friendly garden.

Flowers help feed bees and other valuable pollinators. Not only will you be helping save the bees by planting bee-friendly plants, but you’ll helping your garden as well. 

  • Avoid hybrid flowers, which may be sterile and have little or no nectar or pollen

  • Skip the double flowers, which lack pollen

  • Make sure you’ll have blooms for bees year round.

  • Plant flowers in patches - bees like to focus on one flower type at a time

  • Leave an undisturbed plot for ground-nesting bee softly disturbed soil is best

  • Most importantly: PLANT FLOWERING TREES

    • ​In fact, did you know that bees get most of their nectar from trees? When a tree blooms, it provides bees with hundreds if not thousands of blossoms to feed from.