From dangerous pests to deadly pesticides, honeybees face a constant barrage of threats. In recent years, their numbers have plummeted, which spells bad news for the hives and the humans who depend on them to pollinate food and flowers.
Fortunately, as a homeowner, you can do your part to protect honeybees. Here are a few tips to keep your garden green, your bees happy, and your yard beautiful and safe.
Green Garden: How to Protect Honeybees in Your Own Backyard
It’s easy to group bees, wasps, and hornets in the same category. After all, they all have yellow-and-black stripes, and you see them flying from flower to flower during the day. However, wasps and hornets actually prey on honeybees—they’ll invade hives to eat larvae, adults, and any honey stores they fine.
Work with a pest control company like Bull’s Eye Pest Control to eliminate your yard’s wasps and hornets. Your family and houseguests will feel safer, and so will your honeybees.
Plant Honeybee-Friendly Flowers
To attract honeybees to your yard and keep them there, plant their favorite flowers. Choose flowers with single tops like marigolds and daisies rather than double-headed flowers like some impatiens.
You can also choose a variety of plants that bloom at different times, which keeps bees happy and fed from spring through fall.
To start, try some of these plants:
• Spring bloomers: hyacinth, wild lilac, calendula
• Summer bloomers: bee balm, foxglove, snapdragons
• Fall bloomers: asters, zinnias, goldenrod
You can also find different varieties of lavender that bloom in different seasons. Choose Spanish lavender for spring blooms and English lavender for late spring to summer blooms.
Honeybees also need a secure place to get fresh water, so set up a small bee bath next to the bees’ favorite flowers. Make sure to refill the bath with fresh water every day so bees know they can rely on this water source.
Use Pesticides Wisely
Different types of herbicides and pesticides can kill honeybees. Before you apply pesticides throughout your yard, read the label closely. Find out if this type of pesticide can harm bees. If in doubt, don’t use it.
For best results, choose more natural methods to protect your plants from pests. Place coffee grounds around flower beds to keep slugs away, or introduce ladybugs to keep the aphid population down.
Move Beehives Safely
Sometimes, it’s dangerous to have a beehive on your property, especially if anyone in your family has a bee allergy. If you discover a hive that contains honeybees on your property, contact a qualified company who can take it away to a safe place. You can also get in touch with a local beekeeper to learn more about relocation opportunities.
With these four tips in mind, you can create a honeybee-friendly environment to help the honeybee population in your area stay strong.