Honey bees are incredibly important members of our ecosystem. Of course the honey they produce is delicious, but their work as pollinators is absolutely critical to our food supply. Without pollinators who transfer pollen between the male and female parts of a plant, seeds and fruit wouldn’t be produced.
Colonies of honey bees have been disappearing over the past couple of decades. This is a serious problem. Without honey bees, our food supply would be in jeopardy. So what can we do to help?
- Feed them! Plant flowers rich in nectar so that honey bees can get the food they need.
- Buy local honey! Our local beekeepers are extremely valuable in protecting the local honey bee population. Support them by purchasing their products.
- Host them! If you have a large property with a safe area for honey bees to live, you might consider building or purchasing a beehive and populating it with a nucleus. Your local beekeeper or farm store can be a great resource for getting started. If you have a farm, you might look into working with a local beekeeper to rent bees to help pollinate your crops.
- Don’t harm them! If you see a honey bee swarm or hive somewhere where they can’t safely stay, back away and call the professionals. Honey bees can be safely relocated so that they are not a danger to humans or animals, yet they can carry on with their important duties.
If you encounter a honey bee issue or an issue with another type of stinging insect, contact us today to schedule a free inspection. We proudly service the greater Capital Region including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.