The best way to save bees is by creating habitat. Daffodils, crocuses, rosemary, and pussy willows are valuable nectar and pollen sources. When planting a garden, consider including flowers that bloom year round and provide a steady source of food for the bees. Additionally, bundles of canes or upturned flower pots act as prime nesting sites for bees. Make sure that nesting sites are secure and have ample bedding for the bees. These are simple things that everyone can do to aid in the recovery of honey bee populations.
Great modifications need to be made in our agricultural system and beekeeping. Currently many crops are grown in monoculture fields so local pollinators can’t exist because they don’t have plants to pollinate in the area year round. As a results bees are trucked sometimes thousands of miles to these plantations every year. The trip is very stressful for them. Also monsanto is now genetically altering plants so that they have herbicides and pesticides within them (the chemicals aren’t just sprayed on). This is also very harmful to the bees.
In terms of beekeeping, current beekeeping uses boxes that are way too small for the colony. Bees need a much larger space so that they can build a strong nest and build up honey reserves. Bees use honey as an insulating material in cold weather and nurture themselves with honey, but many beekeepers take most of their honey and instead feed them sugar and other things that lower their immune systems. Also conventional beekeeping uses stamped wax which has chemicals that harm the bees. The cells in the stamped wax are larger than the cells in beehives found in nature. The idea behind this design was that the bees in domesticated hives would become larger and produce more, but the change in size instead allowed a mite known as the Varroa to enter. This mite kills bees. Natural bee cells are too small to let the mite in, so wild beehives have some defense against it.
I work as a translator and ghostwriter for a beekeeper named Oscar Perone who has created a new system of beekeeping designed to imitate the bees’ natural habitat. People throughout South America have been using Mr. Perone’s system since 2004 and have had great success. No beekeepers using his system have experienced CCD. We are in the process of forming a foundation called “Save the Bees” and are working on bringing Mr. Perone’s work into the international scene, because we do believe it will be a key factor in saving the bees and ultimately saving humanity. We expect to have an English website up by December.
The interaction of a certain antibiotic and certain pesticides may also be hurting bee colonies. Research has suggested that oxytetracycline, an antibiotic applied inside a hive, may make bees more susceptible to toxicity caused by two pesticides that are also applied to the hives that are used to prevent parasitic mites. This information was published very recently, and the article states that these pesticides are often used alongside oxytetracycline. Stopping the use of these concurrently may help.
That is an excellent question. You can help by campaigning and not supporting the use of pesticides by shopping at organic stores. Also, you can contribute to the livelihood of bees by gardening and planting. This will provide the bees with plants and trees they can feed off of and pollinate. Thanks for caring!
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