Honeybees Are Very Beneficial
You may see honeybees appearing in your garden, and be initially worried. Bees are harmful, right? Not necessarily. Though there are stinging insects that are dangerous, honeybees are actually very beneficial, and a vital part of our ecosystem.
The Importance Of Honeybees
Honeybees are often taken for granted. They pollinate nearly 20% of the world’s flowering plant species. Plants that are not properly pollinated will not yield healthy fruits or vegetables, directly impacting consumers. Over 130 fruits and vegetables are pollinated by honeybees. Every third bite of food you eat is the direct result of bee pollination.
Unfortunately, honeybees have been dying at a rapid rate which, believe it or not, puts the survival of the human race in grave danger. The loss of bees has become such a serious issue that it’s gained a formal name – Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently provided a $3 million subsidy to help bee populations.
Protecting Your Honeybees
If you have a honeybee colony that frequents your garden, you should consider yourself lucky! Unfortunately, there are some pests that can attack your vegetation, such as aphids and Japanese beetles. You should be mindful of the honeybees when addressing your pest problem. For starters, you do not need to remove the entire plant if it is infested. You simply need to cut out the infested areas, which will still allow bees to thrive on the healthy areas of the plant. If you are forced to use pesticides, be sure you use a contact-only pesticide. Pesticides that contain neonicotinoids effect a honeybee’s behavior, reproduction, and mortality.
Know Which Bees Are Good, And Which Are Bad
Honeybees would rather not sting you, and only do so unless seriously provoked. This typically occurs if they feel their hive is threatened. Only worker bees and the queen bee are capable of stinging. When they do, the stinger and other body parts are left behind, leaving the bee to die. Moral of the story – you’re not likely to be stung by a honeybee.
However, other stinging insects are significantly more aggressive. Hornets, yellowjackets, and wasps are all dangerous insects that you should be much more cautious around. Their stings are powerful and can cause serious allergic reactions, including death. If you stumble across one of these nests, you should keep your distance and call professionals for removal. Feel free to contact BUGOUT at (410) 760-6065 to receive an extermination program focused on removing the dangerous pests that can cause you and your family serious harm. If you’re unsure whether the flying insects are honeybees or their more dangerous counterparts, BUGOUT will provide a free consultation to help you identify your problem and craft an action plan.