Today, August 20th, is national honey bee day! Take a moment to think about everything that bees do for you. Did you know that honeybees provide the US over 1/3 of our food? In recent years, the honeybee population has been shrinking due to many factors.
You don't have to be a beekeeper to help this species. Help protect the honeybees by planting wildflowers in your yard, and using pollinator-safe treatments for your flowers and gardens. Leave a shallow dish with water outside so bees have a safe place to drink. Many hives die because of a lack of water.
Help the bees by not spraying your lawns with fertilizers. This is the easiest way to help the honeybees. Pesticides and fertilizers are thought to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). When the bees are effected by CCD, worker bees harvest nectar from plants sprayed with pesticides. They then take that nectar back to the hive and other bees eat that contaminated nectar. The bees that eat the nectar fly away from the hive and never return. Over just six years, more than 10 million beehives were lost to CCD.