(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The bee population has dramatically decreased over the past 15 years.
Because of their importance to our food supply, it’s critical we help the bee population thrive.
Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead got the buzz on what we can do to benefit bees.
Erik Diemer has been a Bee Keeper for 12 years, he takes care of his bees at the Smithfield Township Apiary. Many people see bees as a nuisance, but honey bees are critical to humanity.
“30 percent of the food that we consume, humans consume in some way or another is handled by honey bees. Even things like beef, the hay that they eat needs to be pollinated,” Said Diemer, a Bee Keeper with Mountain Bee Woodshop.
He tells eyewitness news, you can do things at home to help the honey bee population thrive.
“We have different roots and bulbs here that are easy to plant and they come back year after year and they also help the bees. Lavender, thyme, and rosemary are all very fragrant the deer don’t like them but the bees can’t get enough” exclaimed Diemer.
At the first sights of spring, many will go out and rid their yards or dandelions, but the bees use them to make honey.
“I like to say, that you shouldn’t mow your lawn until you can make wishes with the dandelions,” Stressed Diemer.
Pesticides are actually the number one killer to bees, but you can make your own weed killer that’s safe for bees.
“What you can do is take a gallon of vinegar, with one cup of salt and one tablespoon of dish soap and you can put it in a spray bottle and spray it on your walkway and driveway,” Added Diemer.
But we can’t have that honey, without taking care of the bees. “Not only is honey delicious but honey bee pollination is essential for a lot of our food. Without honey bees, we’re definitely in danger.”
If you’d like to learn more about Bees and Bee Keeping. You can go to the Monroe County Bee Keeping Association Meeting” at Kettle Creek in Stroudsburg on Wednesday, April 10th.