Importance of Bees and Pollinators
Not all bugs in the garden are bad. As you create your organic garden, you’ll realize the benefits of attracting beneficial bugs and native pollinators. Without pollination, quite simply, plants can’t reproduce. Honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds pollinate vegetables, flowers and fruit trees. Bees alone help pollinate over 1/3 the world’s food crops and ensure food security, biodiversity and vibrant ecosystems for plants. Some crops pollinated by honey bees are coffee, strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, avocado, sugarcane, grapes, and almonds… to name just a few!
Decline in Honeybee Populations
Sadly, populations of bees have declined drastically in recent years due to invasive varroa mites, diseases, poor nutrition and Colony Collapse Disorder. The total number of managed honeybee colonies has decreased from 5 million in the 1940s to about 2.66 million today, according to a USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey. According to the USDA, the four biggest threats to bee colonies are:
- Parasites and Pests
- Pathogens and Disease
- Poor Nutrition
Lots of chemicals have serious warnings for the bee population. By many common pesticides like Malathion, Diazinon, Sevin, Imidan and Neonicotinoids are toxic to bees. Neonicotinoids, or more commonly called “neonics,” are the most widely used insecticide in the world and exposure to both the formula and its residues are toxic to bees.
What are Neonicotinoids?
Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides that are chemically similar to nicotine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently banned 12 products containing neonicotinoid but there are still 47 neonicotinoid-based products on the market in the U.S.
There’s a lot of work to do! By choosing safe pollinator safe pesticides to keep your garden healthy, you can do your part to safeguard the bees. Bee safe pest control solutions aren't just better for pollinators, they're also safer for pets and children.
Bee Friendly Gardening Tips
To create a green space that is attractive and safe for this vital part of our ecosystem, planting flowers that bees love will draw them to your garden. To conserve the bee population, attract them to your organic garden and do your part to keep them safe. That means planting bee friendly species and using bee safe products.
Here are 5 ways to create a bee friendly garden:
- Plant butterfly bushes, lavender, marigolds and beebalm
- Create a pollinator-friendly habitat like bee house or butterfly garden
- During long periods of dry weather, provide a supply of water for beneficial pollinators
- Utilize bee safe products like Earth’s Ally or another non-toxic formula to control garden pest problems
- Spray non-toxic insecticides early in the morning or at night after native bees are not foraging and safely in their hives
At home gardens are pollinators habitats to forage and thrive. We take our responsibility to pollinators seriously and believe it up to us to restore their natural habitat and encourage their colonization. Without bees, we wouldn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Bee Safe Insect Control
At Earth's Ally, we are committed to protecting our pollinators. We offer a complete lineup of Bee Safe® gardening products that have been scrutinized and tested by independent laboratories to ensure they are both effective and safe for People, Pets & Planet.
When we developed Earth’s Ally Insect Control, we tested extensively to ensure there was not harm to the bee population. It is formulated with rosemary, clove and peppermint oil to knockdown soft-bodied insects. The formula leaves behind no harmful residue and can be used up until the day of harvest.
What Customers Are Saying
“I used this product for whiteflies and aphids. Worked great on both, no more to be seen. I have a garden for the butterflies, hummingbirds and bees and wanted something to control invasive insects but not harm the others.”
– SteveTheHandyMan, Home Depot Customer
“I really liked using this insect spray. It was for my crepe Myrtles, which were covered in whiteflies and whitefly larvae…Almost immediate improvement and infestation continued to decline after use. Love that it doesn’t harm pollinators!”
– THENana, Home Depot Customer
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