Let’s not beat around the bush…
Our bees are under serious threat, and without them, so are our food sources and our very economy. If you care (or want to do more), you can make your garden bee-friendly to help save these highly important creatures. Of course, you won’t want bees in your house, however (especially if you have children) so if this is the case, call a bee removal company that will safely remove them on your behalf. But please only do this as a last resort because, in the last 100 years, the UK has sadly lost 13 species of bee, and there’s a further 40 that are now threatened with extinction.
So, before we tell you some interesting facts about our bees, what exactly are their causes of decline? Well, this might sound all too familiar because it’s what threatens us too! These include the changes in the way we use land, diseases, farming practices, habitat loss, deforestation, and climate change.
Now for the facts…
Bees Play a Critical Role to The Global Economy
It’s a common belief that bees just contribute to our source of honey, but they’re behind a lot of the food we eat regularly, including the majority of fruit and vegetables. So, bees really do play a critical role to the global economy because without them, it would cost farmers over £2 billion to pollinate their crops using alternative methods.
As a regular consumer, you might be thinking, “well yeah, I’m not a farmer, so it doesn’t affect me”. You couldn’t be even more wrong. If this were to happen, buying food would get a lot more expensive, and the economy would suffer as a result.
We Need Bees If We Want a Healthy Environment
Whether you find bees charming and majestic or just annoying, they’re incredibly important. They pollinate the plants and flowers in your garden and impressively more than 75% of all wildflowers in the UK. So think about what our country would look like if bees ceased to exist. It would be a pretty bleak sight, wouldn’t it?
Bee-Friendly Spaces Are Good for Our Health
Spaces that are good for our pollinating friends and also good for humans too. We share bees’ need for beautiful natural spaces and the essentials that these come with, including clean air and water. Open spaces that are well pollinated are incredibly important for our mental health. Imagine you’ve a bad day at work and fancy a pleasant stroll in a beautiful park, but there’s none left? Look after our bees; they contribute a lot to our environment (and our happiness!).
They Contribute to The Development of Medicine
Bees uses resin from certain types of trees to reinforce their hives to make them stronger and less prone to attacks from predators. It basically acts as a type of caulk for bees that humans can use to fight off viruses and infections. Even better, we can extract it without disturbing our fluffy yellow friends.
Bees Can Solve Maths Problems
Yes, you read that right – let us explain. Imagine you have a spare few hours, and it’s time to pick up some bits. So, you have 5 different shops to visit, and all of them are in different locations. Do you know what the shortest distance to travel to all of them is? This is known as the “travelling salesman problem”, and it can even confuse computers. But for bees, this is precisely what they do and are the only animals known to solve the problem.
They Defy Time During Their Lives
When older bees choose to do jobs that are usually reserved for younger bees, their brains amazingly stop ageing. In fact, their brains don’t just stop ageing, their brains age in reverse. This is helping some scientists develop ways of slowing down the onset of dementia and other cognitive related diseases.