By: Sydney Keenan
- Plant bee friendly plants such as sunflowers, mint, or daisies.
- Be proud of the dandelions in your yard! Dandelions attract bees and help them to survive.
- When you buy plants, make sure they do not contain neonicotinoids. Not many stores sell neonicotinoid free plants, so we need to support the ones that do. Stores that sell nemonic-free plants include Growing Gardens, Timberline Gardens, Harlequin’s Gardens, and Echter’s Nursery Center.
- Building off that, we need to encourage and ask stores that don’t sell neonicotinoid free plants to sell them. Also, we should ask stores to label their products so customers know if a plant is neonicotinoid free or not.
- Eat organic food. Organic food is both neonicotinoid free and not a GMO crop- so it’s a win win.
- Along with that, eat less corn. This both environmentally friendly and better for your health.
- If you see a bee swarm- don’t freak out and run away. Instead, report it to the swarm hotline. Swarms are nothing to be afraid of and we need to save all the bees we can.
- Join Bee Safe Neighborhood. We need to educate our community about the importance of bees and all the struggles they face. We can’t change a problem if no one knows the problem exists
- And best of all, buy and eat local beekeeper’s honey. Not only does this support the beekeepers, but it also supports you. Who doesn’t feel better after eating a spoonful of delicious, local, organic honey? I know I do.
- Take a class in beekeeping and become a beekeeper yourself.
- Post this list on your HOA website and on your Facebook page so the information is spread around and everyone can help save the bees.
Also, see our Bees page.