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Honey Bee image courtesy of Wikipedia
Honey Bee image courtesy of Wikipedia

Among the most well-known honey bee facts is that their population is on the decline due various diseases affecting them, most commonly; the American foulbrood disease. The Western Cape has lost 40% if its bee population to this disease, leaving the food industry vulnerable to shortages. If the entire bee population were to die out, it is estimated that the human race would only be able to survive another 4 years on earth without these helpful little pollinators. There are a few more honey bee facts which you may not have known…

 

Honey Bees and Pollination

Honey bees are an integral part of pollination. Travelling from one flower to the next transferring pollen between plants, bees aid plant fertilisation allowing for the successful production of fruit and seeds. At least 80 out of 100 varieties of our South African fruit and vegetables rely on bees for pollination. Unpollinated, these crops become fruitless and often useless. For this reason it in our best interests to take good care of our honey bees.

 

Keeping Out of Danger From Bees

Usually bees are pretty relaxed and calm while they go about their everyday business, but if you happen to provoke them, their disposition can and most likely will change quickly. So here are a few tips to prevent getting stung by a bee:

 

  • Stay away from the bee hive; they protect their hives fiercely and any disturbance thereof may put you in danger of being stung.
  • Should you encounter swarming honey bees, don’t hang around to find out what kind of mood they are in. When honey bee colonies are disturbed they tend to become aggressive, leaving anything in the path of their swarm in danger – true story.
  • Wear light coloured clothing because bees tend to be attracted to dark colours.
  • Ease up on the cologne; bees are also attracted by sweet scents.
  • Only the queen bee and the female worker bee can sting.

 

How to Manage Honey Bees

It truly is in everyone’s best interest to keep our honey bee population from dying out. If you, like many others, are happy to provide a spot in the sun or just some food for some friendly flying pollinators, here are a few ways you can;

  • Try to avoid using pesticides
  • Plant lots of flowers in varying colours
  • Plant indigenous plants
  • Plant a variety of plants which are in season at different times of the year

 

Flicks Bee Policy

In the interest of preserving the South African honey bee colonies, Flick Pest Control avoids the extermination of bees and urges you to do the same. In cases where the bee hive is situated in a high traffic area, we recommend moving or relocating the hive, however under no circumstances should this be done by a nonprofessional. Flick Pest Control has the experience and expertise to relocate bee hives safely and effectively and makes use of the services of bee keepers for such removals. For further advice, more honey bee facts or a quote feel free to contact us.