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February 17, 2021 3 min read

There are over 4,000 species of bees in North America, and they are disappearing rapidly, including the honeybee population that makes honey. The majority of these bees are pollinators and help plants reproduce. 

Honey bees are one of the many bee populations that could be in danger of disappearing. They are becoming weaker and dying off. 

But, there are some solutions to protecting the honeybee population, and you can help.

What You Can do to Protect the Honeybee Population

Listed below are three of the essential things that you can do to help protect the honeybee population.

1. Fill your Gardens with Bee-friendly plants 

Honeybees often rely on garden flowers to provide nectar and pollen. This is especially true in areas where there aren't as many crops. 

By filling your gardens with single flowering plants and vegetables, you encourage honeybees to pollinate in your garden. Bees like daisy-shaped flowers, such as sunflowers. They also migrate towards tall plants.

Since bees need a lot of pollen, trees are an excellent source of food. The best trees that produce pollen for bees are willow trees or citrus trees. If you are planting in Hawaii, planting an Ohia Lehua tree in your garden. These trees are almost always in bloom, meaning that they are around during all seasons. Your garden should contain an assortment of plants and trees that are around every season.

Try and plant flowers that are rich in protein and nectar. This is vital in creating honey. While you want to plant around every season, if you don't have space for a garden, you can also let weeds grow in other parts of your lawn. Dandelions are popular among honey bees and are a good source of food. This is most beneficial in the spring before other plants bloom.

Within your garden, you can also plant herbs, such as mint and lavender. These types of herbs attract bees. Ensure that you put a shallow container of water in your garden so that the bees can re-hydrate. Also, add some twigs or small rocks in the water so that the bees have a place to land. 

2. Say no to Pesticides and Other Harmful Chemicals

Having a garden also means that you also have to deal with pests in your plants. But, avoid using pesticides and herbicides because they contain chemicals that are harmful to bees. While some products label themselves as "organic," they can still be detrimental to bees. 

Various natural pest control treatments can help keep pests away from your garden, and they are not harmful to the bees. If you are buying new plants, make sure they weren't treated with any of these toxic chemicals. 

Bee habitats also deteriorate every year, as agricultural businesses convert grasslands into mono-culture farms contaminated with harmful pesticides. 

Any exposure to dangerous pesticides can be harmful to the health of honeybees. By finding natural alternatives, you are preserving honeybee populations.

raw honey in bowl

3. Buy your Honey Locally

When you buy your honey locally, you are financially supporting your local beekeepers and their bees. 

When you avoid buying honey in bulk at supermarkets, you can reinforce sustainable and environmentally friendly beekeeping practices. Buying your honey at a local farmers market also means that you can meet with your beekeeper and talk about his beekeeping practices. 

Local honey also promotes the importance of honey bees. Bees are also good for the environment, so buying your honey locally also means supporting your local environment. 

Local honey will be prepared by local beekeepers. Local honey complies with all food standards requirements but is not mistreated to give it a long shelf life. It tastes quite different from foreign supermarket honey and has a flavor that reflects natural preservatives. 

Buying locally-made honey and eating organic goes a long way in helping preserve the honeybee population.

wai meli honey bee keeper

How does this help not only the honeybee population but all the bees?

The wild bee population, not just honeybee, is on the decline and could disappear in no time. There are many ways that you can help preserve their life. By partaking in the ways listed above, not only will you help prolong bees life, but you will also support locals as well. All of these steps are crucial in preserving the life of the bee population.