If you’re not a fan of the buzzing of a bumblebee, you’re in luck. Insect populations are declining worldwide, and the bee family is one of the largest species affected. Like all living things, bees, bugs, and other insects have a natural life cycle. However, bigger issues are causing a worldwide decline in several insect populations across the globe.
Pest Control Technology recently reported on the released by the journal Biological Conservation and explains this phenomenon:
Insect Populations are Declining Worldwide
A new study published in the journal Biological Conservation, reports that insect populations are declining precipitously worldwide due to “habitat loss and conversion to intensive agriculture and urbanization,” pollution, particularly from pesticides and fertilizers, as well as biological factors, such as “pathogens and introduced species” and climate change.
More than 40% of insect species could become extinct in the next few decades, according to the report, titled “Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers”.
For more on this study, read the full publication.
The report was co-authored by scientists from the U.S., China and Australia who looked at dozens of existing reports as well as factors over the last 30 years. The study is being called the first global examination that’s ever been conducted.
Of course, while bee removal is critical to protecting homes and families, bees are an important part of our ecosystem. Removing them or other insect infestations completely could be catastrophic. Cats Eye Pest Control explains how both bees and wasps play important roles:
Wasps vs. Bees: What’s the Difference?
If all of the Earth’s bees were extinct, our diets would change drastically, as the variety of foods available would diminish without bee pollination. Coffee, specifically, would become expensive and rare, as the coffee flower is only open for pollination during a few-day window each year… As for wasps, while they’re not quite the pollinators that honeybees are, they still have their purpose. Acting more as natural pest control, wasps are predators who feed insects to their young. Preying on caterpillars, flies, and crickets, to name a few, these aggressive wasps help control the population of various crop-killing insects.
Want to read the full article? Read it in its entirety here.
Eco Care Pest Control in Oregon explains how we can accomplish successful bee removal without eliminating them:
Honey Bee Treatment and Prevention
For both swarmers in the yard and for established hives that need removal, there are local beekeepers who will carefully relocate the colony. It is important to not attempt killing or removing the hive without proper training or protective equipment because of the risk of mass stings.
For more important information, read the full article.
Bee removal is essential for giving the bees their space while protecting our family and pets from painful bee stings and frustrating buzzers. All Good Services from Georgia gives 3 tips for preventing bee stings this summer:
Prevention Tips for a Sting-Free Summer
Avoid wearing sweet-smelling lotions.
Bee populations are more active in the spring and during the summer when the flowers bloom. If you’re wearing fragrant lotions and perfumes, you may attract these pests and increase the risk of stings. Keep the perfumes light when you venture outdoors to reduce the threat
Keep food and drinks covered.
Aggressive wasps, such as yellow jackets, enjoy sweets and carbohydrate foods and will pester you during a picnic. They may also get inside soda cans and give you a real surprise as you take a drink. Keeping your food covered or eating within an enclosed screen can help reduce the bee and wasp threat
Always wear shoes or sandals outdoors.
Though honeybees are beneficial to the environment, they deliver painful stings if you step on them as they fly from clover to clover. Always wear shoes when you’re walking in the grass to prevent a painful encounter with these flying insects.
For more tips, check out the complete list.
Leave it to the Professionals
If you have trouble with bees in your area, professional bee removal may be the best solution. If you notice a nest or hive near your home, it’s best to avoid them and call a professional as soon as possible with a trained technician.