Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species, including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across our country.
During Pollinator Week, held from June 16 to June 22, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) showed how everyone can take actions to understand the many factors contributing to bee health and make a difference by promoting pollinator health in our own backyards.
“National Pollinator Week gives each of us the opportunity to step outside and survey our lawn and landscapes to see how we can contribute to long-term bee health,” says Karen Reardon, vice president of public affairs at RISE. “One way we can promote bee health is by creating an inviting habitat with an abundant source of food to ensure bees can meet their nutritional needs to survive and thrive.”
Government officials and scientists agree bee health is a complicated and long-standing concern — one that dates back to the 1800s. For example, The National Stakeholders Conference on Bee Health in 2013 reported the Varroa mite, a parasite that feeds on bee larva and attaches itself to adult bees, remains the “single most detrimental pest of honey bees.”
“Our industry is doing its part to address stressors on bee health as well,” Reardon says.
Beyond National Pollinator Week, each of us can continue to play an important role in keeping pests at bay and creating a healthy environment for bees.
Some of the steps include:
2) Planting a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the growing season to provide continual pollinating opportunities.
3) Growing native flowers and plants will adapt better to where you live and provide a familiar food source to local pollinators.
4) “Bee-ing” responsible by always reading and following all label instructions when using any pesticide products. Make sure to choose the right product for your problem, and apply it correctly.
5) Downloading and using a pollinator-friendly planting guide app from your smartphone or mobile device.
To learn more about the many factors affecting bee health and how we can work together to support their long-term health, visit www.debugthemyths.com. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #BeeResponsible.