It might sound overly dramatic, but honeybees are vital to the survival of our ecosystem, if not our planet. They are responsible for cross-pollinating over 80% of the food crops harvested in the US, as well as the majority of flowers, and the products of their labor supply us with medicinal foods like honey, propolis and bee pollen. Honeybees are critical to our continued existence, and yet they are dying by the billions.
The Steady Decline of the Honeybee Population
As part of their foraging activities, honeybees travel hundreds and thousands of miles to find food. In the process of foraging, they carry pollen from one flower or crop to another. This is how the bulk of living species of plants are pollinated today, which means that if you remove the honeybees from the equation, our crops don’t get pollinated and our farms can’t produce enough food for the population.
Believe it or not, humans are the cause of the shrinking honeybee population. The chemicals and pesticides sprayed on crops as part of modern agricultural techniques don’t discriminate between bees and actual pests. These toxic chemicals make their way into the soil of the plants which the honeybees feed on. Some of the bees return to their hives carrying the toxins, killing thousands more and contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
Stay Informed & Environmentally Conscious with J.P. McHale
At J.P. McHale Pest Management, we are dedicated to using alternative methods of pest control in NJ, CT and NY in order to preserve the safety and health of more than just our customers. By minimizing the use of pesticides to exterminate bug infestations, we do our part in protecting the environment and all its inhabitants, big or small.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of honeybees to our ecosystem or want to schedule an appointment to safely treat a pest problem, contact J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. at (800) 479-2284 today.