Pollinators, including bees and butterflies, are our friends. They pollinate crops and are an important part of our food supply process. While they assist us with that, our flying friends need our help!
Pollinators are at risk of extinction.
A 2016 United Nations’ Report warns that more than 40% of invertebrate pollinator species,
particularly bees, face extinction. The report lists a variety of factors, many of them human-made: habitat loss, parasites and pathogens, use of neonicotinoid insecticides, and global warming.
3 things you can do to protect pollinators:
1) Grow bee-friendly flowers
One threat to honeybees is lack of available nectar and pollen sources. You can plant flowers, such as sunflowers, wildflowers, lavender, or honey suckle, at your home. These flowers attract pollinators and help provide them with an added source.
2) Support local beekeepers
Beekeepers maintain healthy hives and help preserve the bee population. You can support local beekeepers by purchasing local honey and other bee products, including candles, lotions, and soaps containing beeswax.
3) If bees are bugging you, contact a professional
Do you see a swarm of bees? Have an unwanted beehive on your property? Do not attempt to solve the problem on your own! Contact a local beekeeper to properly resolve the problem while protecting the pollinators. If you don’t know who to contact, call your local pest professional and they can help you contact the appropriate person.
At Guardian Pest Solutions, we care about solving your pest problems while protecting and preserving our environment. We’re proud to be GreenPro certified, a certification earned by less than 1% of pest control companies in the United States. This certification demonstrates our committment to effective and environmentally-friendly service. You can trust Guardian Pest Solutions to solve your pest problems in the most environmentally friendly way.
Photos by Tanya Reinke Wick.