This week is National Pollinator Week, it’s safe to say the bee is the most recognized pollinator. No doubt bees are some of the best workers on the planet, buzzing about from flower to flower, visiting different plants and vegetation working nonstop all day long. Unfortunately bees can often be feared as a nuisance and unwanted insect. When generally bees are there to do their job and go home without causing trouble.
What do these Pollinating Busy Bees do for us besides creating amazing honey? In truth, likely much more than we can possibly realize. There are hundreds of types of bees, all with different roles, habits, nests, and hives. Pollinating is absolutely critical and a major job role for many of the bees and plants around our world. Bees don’t only make honey and help flowers grow. They do so much more and they certainly don’t get the recognition they deserve. In addition to the flowers and many plants bees’ help, there are many crops that rely a great deal on help from the bees and just wouldn’t survive if it weren’t for the bees working hard pollinating and doing what they do.
While we don’t need bees to pollinate every single crop, here is just a brief list of some of the foods we would lose if the bees weren’t around: apples, mango’s, kiwi fruit, plums, peaches, nectarines, guava, pomegranates, pears, black and red currants, alfalfa, okra, strawberries, onions, cashews, cactus, apricots, avocados, passion fruit, Lima beans, kidney beans, green beans, cherries, celery, coffee, walnuts, cotton, flax, macadamia nuts, sunflower oil, lemon, figs, limes, carrots, cucumber, hazelnut, cantaloupe, watermelon, coconut, tangerines, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, egg plant, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cocoa, vanilla, grapes, tomatoes.
So what should you do if you discover a swarm or hive of bees on your property?
- You should call your local bee keeper to report the bees (you can call non emergency or even your local human society to help find the proper person)
*The bee professional will be able to help evaluate your situation and help determine if the bees need to be removed, or if they will likely be moving on their own within a short time
- You should avoid the area and keep children and pets away from the swarm
Do not attempt to control the bees yourself. Do not tease the bees by throwing rocks or spraying with water! Do not use any type chemicals around the bees
- Bee Keepers are there to help and in most cases will remove the bees for free. Remember the importance of all bees. If you come into contact with a swarm or hive please take the proper precautions and alert the proper authorities such as your local bee keeper.