March 4, 2011
Declining honeybees a “threat” to food supply
The Plight of the Honey Bee and Why Bee Removal is Important
Albert Einstein once noted that if all of the honeybees ceased to exist on Earth, then mankind would have four more years left before it could no longer survive. Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have.
We don’t often think about how important bees are to the process of life as we go about our own daily lives, and even fewer people realize that wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets serve the same purpose as honeybees in pollinating flowers and plants, which is essential for the survival of all living things. About one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination.
Pollinated plants and trees include apples, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, nuts, soybeans, squash, and citrus fruits, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, peaches, kiwi, cantaloupe and other melons.
Recent years have seen a major decline in the honeybee
Even though these other stinging insects are also important, none are nearly as crucial to the ecosystem that we know as the honeybee. Recent trends have discovered an unnerving occurrence throughout the United States and especially the Northeast. Honeybee populations are on the decline. In some cases, this decline is quite severe. Scientists are still trying to determine what could be causing this rapid and previously unseen decline, but it has many people within the scientific community concerned, to say the least.
Homeowners should know about this decline in the honeybee population, at least at its very core, and to also understand that without honeybees, Einstein might have been right – we may not have long to live without them. Why is this important? Since honeybee populations are in decline, it’s even more important to make sure that the ones that are alive and existing, even if they are residing within the walls of your home, are allowed to continue to live and pollinate and produce offspring.
Of course, it’s easy to dismiss one hive that is causing a nuisance to you and your family, or to even consider yellow jackets or wasps as dangerous – which they can be – and want to kill them all as quickly as possible, but if every homeowner or property owner thought this way, then the honeybee may not have much hope left for the future.
Bee Removal services
Let’s not sugarcoat this: bee removal services will often cost more than extermination. Yet there is a great service that bee removal provides beyond just helping the bee population. Killing bees or wasps or hornets requires harsh chemicals and when these chemicals are used in the home or outdoors, other creatures, whether it is your children or pets or nature’s animals like squirrels and birds will be exposed to them.
Some of the chemicals used can potentially cause headaches, birth defects, and possibly even death. So, even if you don’t care about the overall bee population, when you want to get ride of that hive, think about the consequences of the chemicals that you will be using.
If you’re ready to help protect the bees from extinction, yet you don’t want them on your property or in your home, then contact Westchester Bee Removal and find out just how rewarding it can be to have done the right thing, while having the peace of mind that your home and property, and your loved ones are safe from any aggressive stinging insects.