Nine Super Hero Actions to Save Bees & Humans!
1-Grow native flowers in gardens, containers, business strips, school campuses, edges of farm lands, and public parks.
2- Do not treat your lawn with chemicals! Round-Up and other neonicotinoids are associated with cancer in humans and drastic bee declines. Live with imperfect lawns--dandelions are early season bee food. Or replace parts of your lawn to grow food.
3-Buy plants and seeds not treated with herbicides or pesticides. Seeds can contain neotics that go into nectar and hurt bees! Buy organic or double-check they're safe.
4-Buy fruit and veggies that are organic or that use organic practices. Prices go down as there is more demand. Request that your grocery offer more organics.
5-Build or buy bee hotels! Group hollow stems together or drill holes into wood where wild bees can build nests. Wait for wild bees or you can buy bee cocoons!
6-Call and write your City and County Representatives to stop herbicide and pesticide use on public lands. For most impact, get signatures on a written petition and deliver it in-person to your representative!
7-Write and call your State Representatives to stop the use of dicamba, an herbicide that works on some farms and drifts to other farms destroying their crops and hurting our bees.
8-Have your own hive! Monitor it closely to keep your bees healthy. Set up bee drinking stations-shallow water over pebbles in a low dish!
Just like us, traveling all over is hard on honey bees. Bees are carted in over-crowded trucks from farm to farm over miles and miles across North America. Large, industrial farms do not have a variety of food for bees. Edges of organic farms have wild flowers. Bees are healthier when they can eat different nectars from spring to fall.
This isn't possible when going from almond farm to almond farm.
9-Support smaller organic farms by asking your state representatives to help smaller, organic family farms rather than continuing to put all our tax money into large industrial farms. Honey bees need more food variety, less travel, smaller hives (No packed bee incarceration!), and less herbicides and pesticides.
Just like people taking methamphetamines are more likely to get viruses and infections, pesticides and herbicides weaken bee immune systems allowing varroa mites and other parasites to devastate populations. Bee declines connect clearly with when neonicotinoids, glysophates, and dicamba--pesticides and herbicides--were introduced. Where cities have banned their use, populations return!