The Earth would only last four years without this insect

Dthe next time you hear a “bzzz”, think twice before killing a bee. Although nearly half of Portuguese people (47%) are unaware of this fact, planet Earth would not survive more than four years without the bee, TaskRabbit reveals in a press release, regarding World Bee Day, which is celebrated this Friday 20 of May.

The truth is that “much of our diet is significantly dependent on natural pollination by insects, such as bees.” Without this action, about a third of the crops would have to be pollinated in another way, or suffer a drastic drop in production.

Similarly, many wild plants (between 60 and 90%) lack animal pollination to reproduce. As a result, other wild ecosystems and habitats also come, directly or indirectly, to depend on pollinating insects.

The presence of a colony of bees also functions as an indicator of the health of an ecosystem: the more numerous these insects are and the longer they stay in a place, the better their health. Bees are very sensitive insects with little tolerance to climate change.

Thus, it is vital that human beings learn to live with them and, more importantly, to actively contribute to their survival and reproduction. With that in mind, TaskRabbit has put together tips that will help you be more bee-friendly.

Build a bee shelter

Like most invertebrates, bees need a place to nest and hibernate. In this sense, it is possible to create a shelter from scratch or buy a hotel for bees. Then just hang it in a shady spot and watch the little bugs fly in the spring and summer.

help a bee

During the summer it is common to find a solitary bee not moving on the ground and while it may appear dead, the chances that it is simply exhausted and in need of a helping hand are high. In these cases, just mix two tablespoons of white sugar – preferably granulated – with a spoonful of water, and place the mixture near the bee for it to help itself.

Have a source of nectar at home

Having a certain variety of flowers, especially if you have a garden or flowerbed, ensures the bees have access to a source of nectar from March through October. Planting during the winter can be a good solution to ensure that in the spring you will have succulents. According to TaskRabbit, 74% of Portuguese people don’t know that something as simple as planting primroses, budleias or fleur de mel, marigolds (I love that), basil, fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme or peppermint, already represents a contribution to the beekeeping ecosystem.

Opt for sustainable honey

After all, is honey good or bad for bees? When done right, beekeeping can benefit wild populations while allowing humans to enjoy the honey. Pesticides are often used in agriculture to ward off pests. Bees can pick them up during pollination and bring them back to the hive, endangering the rest of the population and potentially affecting honey quality. Therefore, purchasing honey should be as local as possible, from individual beekeepers who practice sustainability.

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