1. Stop using insecticides.
Simple really…just do it.
2. Avoid seeds coated with insecticides.
You may not know it, but many seeds are now coated with clothianidin.
3. Read labels on garden compost.
Beware hidden killers. Some garden composts contain imidacloprid – a deadly insecticide disguised as “vine weevil protection.”
4. Plant bee-friendly plants.
Buy wildflower seeds from seed merchants, and sow in any spare patch of ground.
5. Create natural habitat gardens.
Let some space in your garden go wild. It will be a safe haven for bees and other insects.
6. Become a beekeeper.
Beekeeping is a most enjoyable, fascinating and interesting hobby and you get to eat your own honey! If this is too much, consider offering space in your garden to local beekeepers. You can become a bee keeper, of sorts, by raising Mason Bees or simply have suitable homes in your yard. (See point 8)
7. Buy local honey.
Support your local beekeepers.
8. Make you own ‘wild bee’ house.
Providing a simple box as a place for bees to set up home is very helpful to the bees without requiring you to look after them. Ideas for such boxes can be found online. In Canada, you can buy Mason Bee kits which have not only the homes but live Mason Bees as well. Mason Bees are solitary bees that are much more active at pollination than honey bees.
9. Get Active!
Sign petitions and lobby your local representative.
10. Spread the word!
Comment on this post. Share it with others. Participate in Care2 groups.
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