Most folks know that bees are an important part of our ecosystem, but not many know just how critical they are to almost every aspect of our daily lives. It’s important to understand why bees shouldn’t be feared and killed, but rather appreciated and protected. Here are just 10 ways in which bees matter to us:
- Honey bees are the only known insect that produces food edible to humans.
- Honey and beeswax has been used in foods, medicines, preservation, and rituals dating all the way back to ancient Egyptian times.
- It’s estimated that cross-pollination from bees helps 30% of food crops, and a whopping 90% of wild plants to grow. Without bees, most plant and animal species would go extinct.
- In the United States alone, bees pollinate about $15 billion worth of crops each year.
- Bees produce around $150 million in honey alone, every year in the US. Bees are more important to the economy than most people know.
- In the last decade, almost 1/3 of all honey bee colonies in the US have been destroyed due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This is caused by a combination of global warming, loss of habitat, overuse of pesticides, and an inadequate food supply.
- A single worker bee only produces about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in their entire lifetime.
- To produce a pound of honey, nearly 800 bees have to fly over 55,000 miles and pollenate 2 million flowers.
- A typical bee colony is made up of about 20,000-60,000 bees, and just one queen. All worker bees are female, and only live for about 6 weeks.
- While a bee sting might hurt a bit, there’s no reason to be afraid. It would take about 1,100 stings to endanger an average sized human.
It’s hard to believe that such a small insect can have such a big impact on the world we live in; but it’s important that we do everything we can to protect them and help them thrive. If you have bees on your property that are too close for comfort, the pest control experts at Critter Control® of Orlando can relocate them safely. Give us a call today at 407.295.7194 to schedule your appointment.