photo credit: ETeddyBear

photo credit: ETeddyBear

Bees are a keystone species, meaning if a keystone species goes extinct it takes the whole ecosystem with it. If they ever go extinct so will a lot of flowering plants.  Not only are bees incredible pollinators, they are also the only insect that produces food that humans can eat.  Over the last decade research has shows that this awesome creature is in decline. Here is why its important to save the bee.

Bees are one of the most important pollinators in the world. They play a huge role in supporting humans. Pollinators maintain genetic diversity, boost biodiversity, help plants reproduce, increase fruit yields and enable the dispersal of species into new regions. This means that they support fauna and flora at each level of the food chain.

Although many of us think they are a nuisance, every third bite of food we take is made possible thanks to bees. Which is why they need our help. Since the 90’s, the worldwide bee population has been dramatically declining. There are many possible reasons for this decline, but the main reason is the usage of pesticides.

These ancient insects are so vital for the earth that if they were to become extinct, hundreds of foods would be completely eradicated. The people at Any Pest created this infographic that gives us all the details on the bee population decline and also offers some helpful tips that can allow us to support these clever pollinators. Let’s take a look!

Bee Facts:

  • Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for 10-20 million years
  • One single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day
  • In 1947 there were 6 million honey bee hives in the US- Today there are UNDER 3 million
  • The UK has reported a loss of 45% of their bee population since 2010

Why Bees Matter:

  • 1 in 3 bites of food we eat is courtesy of pollination
  • 85% of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for survival.
  • Bees pollinate 70 of the top 100 human food crops
  • 30% of the world crops depend on bees for survival
  • If bee decline continues, over 1/3 of our crop supply could be in danger of disappearing

What is Happening to the Bees & How Can We Help?

There are many reasons for the decline of the bee population in the world: insecticides, destruction of natural habitats and climate change to name a few.  How can we help?  You can save the bees by planting ‘bee friendly’ flowers and herbs.  Professional lawn care companies will be able to consult with you, and advise on the best variety to plant.