Bees are Pollinators, a Vital Insect
In the world of gardening, there are good insects, and there are bad insects.
You can count bees among the good insects. As a matter of fact, Honey Bees
and other bees are one of a gardener's best friends. Bees comprise over 80%
of the pollinators in the world. Without them, the growth and harvest of
many of our fruits and vegetables would be at serious risk.
As honey bees and other bees go about their job of harvesting nectar from
flowers, they inadvertently get pollen on their feet and legs. As they travel
along, this pollen gets deposited onto the stigma of a female flower of the
same type of plant..
Did You Know? About 3,500 honey bees fly 55,000 miles to make 1 pound
of honey. It takes 10 pounds of nectar to make a pound of honey.
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Colony Collapse Disorder
The Honey Bee population in the United States has been decreasing at an alarming
rate. This decline could be due to a parasite, climate change, loss of habitat,
use of insecticides, or a number of other reasons. But, the drastic decline
in population is an undisputed fact.
Consider these statistics:
Since 2006, one half of the Honey Bee colonies have disappeared.
From 2007-2013 over 10 million hives have been lost, over two times the normal
It is vital for us as gardeners to recognize this problem, and do our best
to keep it from getting worse.
Bees and the Use of Insecticide:
Insecticides do not discriminate. They kill almost all insects. If you use
them during the pollination period, you are killing the pollinator bees along
with the bad insects.
We caution all gardeners to be very careful with the use of insecticides.
Use it only when necessary, and only in the amounts and frequency recommended
by the manufacturer. When you have a choice, use the mildest of insecticide
options, or use an insect repellent, which does not kill the insects.
on Insect repellents
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of garden insect pests
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