What’s all the Buzz about?!
Bees are perfect pollinators and a third of the worlds food production relies on Bees.
Bees pollinate (a process vital to crops growing) three quarters (75%) of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and tomatoes and strawberries.
Bees are vital for maintaining the balance between living organisms such as human beings, plants, and animals as well as their environment.
They also help reduce pollution! The honey and wax the bees make are tested for toxins to give scientists a better idea of the air pollution levels in Rome, Italy’s capital city. It’s not the first time bees have helped in the fight against air pollution – they’ve been used in New York, Tokyo and London before.
So How Can You Help?
- Planting bee-friendly plants like heather and daisies and red clover on balconies, terraces, and in gardens can help
- Leaving sections of the garden wild and letting the grass grow long gives the bees a place to shelter
- Create a bee hotel for your garden’s bee population
- Leaving a small dish with a few pebbles and shallow water in can help if a bee is thirsty
- There are also special bricks which bees can live in
- Don’t use pesticides as they are really harmful to bees
- Buy honey and other hive products from your nearest local beekeeper
Are Bees aggressive?
Bees are a placid insect and will not sting unless provoked or required to protect their Queen. If you leave bees alone they will happily go about their buzziness. The bee knows that it will die from stinging you and will only do so as a very last resort. Unlike a wasp, which has multiple stings and is an aggressive flying arsehole, Bees are friendly non aggressive insects.
Wasp or Bee?
Firstly, do not attempt to get too close to a nest to identify it’s habitants as you make get badly stung if wasps are present. If you can see individual insects, then the best way to identify them is by checking their colour. If the insect is hairless and you see bright yellow and black markings, then it’s wasps. If you see fur with ginger and black markings then they are bees. If you are unsure, then they are most likely bees due to wasps being very yellow in colour. For more information, have a look at our wasp control page here.