Thursday, May 19, 2011
My friend Doris at Crocheting In Georgia first introduced me to the subject of bees and I have been listening and learning about just how important bees are. Sandra at Madsnapper had pictures of one in her garden. She found out it was a black carpenter bee - the kind that eats wood! None the less -
Bees are incredibly important for gardens and gardens are important for us! Our Channel Two News had an article about it and here it is below:
Since 2006 our bees are dying at 30% a year. Why and what effect will it have on us? One reason is for the misuse of pesticides - not illegal use, but misuse.
We Need Bees to Pollinate Our Gardens:
"Farming organically - without the use of pesticides - and planning your farm or garden with the goal of attracting bees is key to solving the problem of disappearing bees.
There is also a concern that cell phones and cell phone transmissions are hurting bees. To-date this concern, raised by environmentalists and a number of scientists, is still unproven.
Nevertheless, when planting your garden or your crops or orchards try to find out where the wireless technology systems are set up in your area and, if at all possible, try to arrange your plantings appropriately.
What is proven is that the weakened bees colonies (weakened through urbanization and large industrial farming practices, including heavy use of pesticides and intensive farming policies) are an easy target for the Varroa mite - a tiny Asian mite that sucks the juices out of European honeybees, crippling and then wiping out entire colonies.
Weakened bees are also an easy target for the Tracheal mite; a mite that lives in the breathing tubes of adult honey bees where they feed on bee blood. These mites attack all types of bees. Researchers are saying that these mites have helped reduce bee numbers by nearly 30 percent over the last 25 years.
Okay have you heard about the stink bug?
"Stink bugs, the smelly scourge of the mid-Atlantic, are hitch-hiking and gliding their way across the country. Officially known as the brown marmorated stink bug, sightings of the pest have been reported in 33 states, an increase of eight states since last fall." . . .
And the epidemic of bed bugs?
And don't get me started on palmetto bugs as we call them down here in the south!
What do you think about bugs? YUCK!
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.-English Proverb
Okay then if that is true - you'll need some bugs - right? There is a positive side to every thing!