Honeybees, leaf cutter bees, butterflies, lady bugs and all kinds of pollinators are in a fight for their life. Why? Bee Habitat loss.
Top 5 Reasons Why our Friendly Bugs are disappearing at an alarming rate:
1. Loss of habitat: Ever expanding shopping malls, apartment complexes and mini mansions are eating up what is left of their natural habitats.
2. Pesticide exposure: Every plant, tree, shrub, flower that you purchase from large or small garden shops have been treated with a systemic pesticide that can last up to 5 years on the woody parts of the plant. You cannot “wash” this pesticide off. Seeds are treated as well. These pesticides are called neonicotinoids, or NEONICS for short.
3. The flower industry uses up to 50x’s the amount of pesticides. When buying flowers or plants for your loved one, you are sending them a beautiful bee trap. Thousands of florists each year suffer from debilitating diseases, tumors and health problems as a result.
4. Big AG uses a great deal of pesticides to grow mono crops to maximize their dead soils efficiency. Round up, pesticides and bringing in bees from other parts of the country to pollinate their crops knowing the pesticides will kill the bees. They have to truck in pollinators as they have all but destroyed what was left of their local bee populations.
5. Lack of correct information to follow. So much misinformation is shared by well meaning and not so kind pesticide companies. Mommy bloggers are hired to write articles on bees and pesticides as well.
What can I do about this? How do I get started helping my local pollinators?
Buy organic. When ever you buy organic food, flowers and plants, you help an areas local pollinators make it through to another season. Organic farmers need bees to pollinate their crops and often plant wildflowers along side their crops to help attract them to their fields. Supporting a local organic farmer will help keep organics in the grocery isles. Encouraging more organic farmers will help repair the soil and eco system for a number of wildlife including bees. Try searching for a local supplier of organic bouquets, flowers and plants, but if you cannot find one, start your own or go online and search for organic garden shop, organic flowers or native plant garden shops. Most native plants should be pesticide free or neonic free. Planting local native plants will help save you water, energy and will not need to use synthetic fertilizers that kill the soil and harm your health.
Please ask your neighbors to do the same. Share this information with as many people as you can. Thank you for caring for our bees future as well as your own.