It is no secret that the honeybees are in trouble. Colony Collapse has become an everyday term. The problem is that we all point the finger and tell the farmers, and the chemical companies what they should not do while we often ignore the very simple things that we can do to help.
What are those simple things that we can do, as individuals, to help the bees? Well, we can plant more flowers. Even a single flowering plant, preferably a native plant, can go a long way to help bees. Another really easy thing to do is to stop using pesticides. Did you know that Ants and bees are related? Ants, bees, and wasps are three of the primary insects that make up the order Hymenoptera. The same pesticides that you use to kill ants also kills bees. If you need to get rid of ants, use a natural remedy like borax or ant bait traps. Anytime you spray a pesticide you broadcast it across many beneficial insect habitats within your home and your yard.
Recent scientific studies link the use of fungicides to bee death. According to a news article from the USDA, scientist declare that bees who collect pollen that is tainted with fungicides are more susceptible to parasitic disease than are bees who are not fed toxic pollen. So another thing that you can do to help the bees is not to use fungicides. Fungi plays an important role in our ecosystem. They provide a very important link within the food web. In fact, fungi help to reduce green house gas emission from plants. By helping in the decomposition of plants, fungi help the carbon that is stored in plants goes back into the soil and back into the food web. We do not know enough about fungi and the exact role that they play to be so free with trying to kill them.
Organic gardening is a lifestyle choice. In fact, organic gardening is becoming more of a domestic requirement then it has been in the last 20-30 years. Have you noticed that the price of food is rising? Even in the local grocery store the cost of vegetables is expensive. When did a head of cabbage begin to cost $2 a pound or $6 for a 3 pound head of cabbage? Insanity. Organic gardening is another way to help the bee. Organic gardening is a toxin free pollen source for bees, and right now that is really important. If you cannot garden at home, consider joining an organic community garden. Sacramento has about 10 organic community gardens around the city, as well as several private organic gardens.
If you don't have time to garden or don't have the inclination, then you can donate money to one of the local community gardens and ask them to plant a bee garden. Most will be happy to comply because bees increase crop production. If you would like information about what kind of native plants to grow in your yard, ask the native plant society. There are a lot of things that you can do to help the bees, we just have to do them.