Ways to Help Save the Honey Bees
Without knowing the actual cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, it’s difficult to come up with a solution—but there are some simple things people can do to help save the honey bees and increase their population.
Plant a Garden: With whatever space you’ve got, grow a variety of flowering plants and trees. Keep a portion of your garden wild- allow native plants and flowers to thrive. Honey bees go where there is an abundance of pollen.
Spread the Wealth: Buy packets of native wildflower seeds from your local gardening center and scatter them in areas devoid of flowers. Be careful not to scatter them on private property or in kept public parks and gardens.
Live Bee Removal: Before you bust out the insecticide to rid yourself of a beehive a little too close to home (or even in the walls of your home,) contact your local beekeeper or honey farm. In many cases, the beehive and all the honey bees may be uprooted and relocated someplace safe. There’s no sense in destroying a thriving beehive. Many beekeepers are on the lookout for a fresh new colony to add to their population and would be happy to aid you with your bee removal needs.
Enjoy the Health Benefits: Honey is a miracle elixir that boosts the immune system, may replace sugar as a sweetener, aids weight loss and digestion, and contains antioxidants as well as a number of vitamins and minerals. Beeswax candles have the highest melting point—giving you hours of smokeless candlelight, and they smell great too. Royal jelly is rich in B vitamins and may be used to treat a variety of symptoms including: arthritis, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, infertility, bladder infections, inflammation, and skin blemishes (to name a few.) Honey makes an excellent snack for those with a sweet tooth and issues with high blood pressure, diabetes, or cholesterol. The health benefits of honey go on and on. Make honey a regular part of your healthy diet and support your local honey farms!
Spread the Word: Probably the easiest, most affordable and most beneficial way you can fight Colony Collapse Disorder is by talking to people about it. Let all your friends and family know about the danger of CCD and how they can help save the honey bee from the endangered species list!