SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – When you think of bees, you may instantly think of honey or the fear of getting stung as they buzz around your head. But beekeepers want to educate the public that bees are crucial to the circle of life. Bees’ primary role is pollinating.
They are crucial in pollinating, and thus continuing, the reproduction of almonds, cucumbers, apples and other nut populations. Without bees, we may not have these foods. And without bees to help pollinate other vegetation, wildlife might not get their food supply. That in return could also affect us.
If you see a swarm of bees, you’re advised to leave them alone. Don’t grab your can of bee killer or a hose. Honey bees die if they sting you – their stinger gets stuck in you as does part of their body. That means they won’t sting unless they feel very threatened, such as you spraying their swarm or nest. We need bees, yet 40 percent or more of the honey bee population died this past winter nationwide.
That’s why there was a meeting of beekeepers and experts from across New England in South Deerfield to share practices of keeping bees alive and free from disease.