As the weather gets warmer, critters and creatures of all stripes have started to emerge as they ever year during the spring and summer months. This includes an abundance of bees in the Western North Carolina region.
Our first instinct as humans when we see or feel a bug buzzing in our general direction is to panic. We’ve all been stung at one point or another in our life times and it hurt! We start swatting and don’t stop until our new nemesis has been defeated!
But before you take a swing at a bee or call a pest control company to come exterminate bees in your back yard, consider how important they are to the ecosystem.
Why Are Bees So Important?
For ecosystems to thrive including many species of plants and animals including the production of seeds, nuts, berries and fruits are highly dependent on insect pollination, and among pollinating insects, bees are exceptional pollinators.
Pollination is transfer of pollen from the anther (the male part of the flower) to the stigma (the female part of the flower). Some plants can pollinate themselves: in this case, the pollen passes from the anther o the stigma inside the same flower, and this is called self-pollination. However, many plants need pollen to be transferred between different flowers or different individuals of the plant. This is cross-pollination. Some plants can be pollinated both ways. However, many of our most important species that provide food sources require pollination from outside sources such as bees and other pollinating insects.
Bees visit plants and flowers, carrying pollen on their bodies to complete this pollination. Without bees, over time, we would all suffer. Plants such as flowers would suffer, but more importantly food supplies could be affected.
This paints a pretty bleak picture for us!
So instead of attempting to kill a bee the next time you see one, call Gibson Pest Control! We work with local bee keepers to remove bees from your yard, and take them to these local farmers, where they can continue to live and pollinate!