Our little bees are in danger and unfortunately this is nothing new. These pollinating insects are vital to our biodiversity, to our food. In short, it is important to protect them from pollution and their predators, the Asian hornets.
We won’t go back to how to catch hornets, we explained it to you in a previous article. On the flip side, there are a few simple things you can do to help them live or survive on your balcony or garden. Find out how to protect these indispensable insects in an ecological and responsible way.
Set up an insect hotel
These small houses are intended for solitary bees, which are more numerous than domestic bees. They make up about 80% of the bee population. Unfortunately, pesticides and the destruction of natural habitats are gradually decimating them. If you don’t want to invest in an insect house, you can drill a block of wood with a few holes (maximum 7 millimeters in diameter and 6 cm deep). Then just hang it up.
Give them something to eat
Of course, if you have a garden, it is easy to plant meadows of flowers with honey so that they have enough forage. However, if you don’t have a garden, you can plant plants such as lavender, poppy, violet, geranium or coriander in pots on your balcony or windowsill … These plants are valued by bees for their nectar and pollen. Also add a cup of water so they can hydrate in hot weather.
Water for hydration in hot weather. Photo credit: Shutterstock / shot4pleasure
Don’t mow too much!
Let nature express itself, and that’s why some wild weeds grow … bees love dandelions and clover, don’t cut your head off! If you want a lawn on the line, set up a little “flower meadow” area where you can grow the herbs however you want … the perfect place to move the insect hotel away from another location obviously And of course no pesticides should not be used in the garden, glyphosate has also been banned since a 2019 law …
Also add a cup of water. Photo credit: Shutterstock / guentermanaus
Consume honey from your region
All French regions have local beekeepers who make delicious honey … rosemary, acacia, orange, there is an impressive variety of honeys. Antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory honey has many benefits that we will develop in a future article.
If you feel able and can install a beehive in your yard after training in a school apiary. Discover our tips for building a beehive, respecting the bees and the applicable regulations.