PRESERVATION OF BEES
Bees are having a really hard time right now.
For about a decade, they’ve been dying off at an unprecedented rate—up to 30 percent per year, with a total loss of domesticated honeybee hives in the United States worth an estimated $2 billion.
In the last few years scientists have accumulated a compelling pile of evidence pointing to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. These chemicals are widely used in commercial agriculture but can have lethal effects on bees. Other pesticides `are also adding to the toll. So are invasive parasites and a general decline in the quality of bees’ diets.
Clearly, that combination of factors poses a pretty serious problem for anyone who likes to eat, since bees—both the domesticated kind and their wild bumblebee cousins, both of which are in decline—are the main pollinators of many major fruit and nut crops. The problem is so severe that this spring President Barack Obama unveiled the first-ever national strategy for improving the health of bees and other key pollinators. Approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honey bee pollination. Some crops pollinated are cucumbers, almonds, carrot seed, melons, apricots, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, plums, pluots, seed alfalfa, cantaloupe, seed onions, avocados, kiwi, blueberries, cranberries, etc.
Here at KILLERBEE LIVE REMOVAL in the Coachella Valley we are dedicated to the preservation of bees by practicing non pesticide live bee removal. The bees that are removed are placed in a preserve by Master Bee Keeper Lance Davis where they can continue their vital work of pollinating. As bad of a rap these bees get by adding the killer bee label to them they actually play a vital role in our food supply and help us produce the growing demands that are placed upon us to feed everybody. With honey bee numbers declining and demand for food increasing due to population growth one can easily see the problem that is growing. Not only due bees pollinate our food supply but they also play a critical role in natures pollination process as well.