Save The Bees: Protecting Pollinators
On Endangered Species Day, Massey Services is pleased to support the health of bees in the communities we serve. Some experts say that the domestic honey bee population has declined nearly 50 percent in the last 50 years. Wild honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators have also experienced losses. Massey Services has taken steps to develop service protocols and share important information with our customers to aid in protecting pollinators.
Why have pollinators experienced losses? Potential causes have been debated and include:
- Bee-keeping practices
- Use of certain pesticides
- Lack of available nectar and pollen sources due to urbanization.
Why is protecting pollinators important?
- Pollinators are important because every fruit, vegetable or nut we eat comes from a flower.
- Bees account for one third of the food we eat.
- They also contribute to the diversity of flowering plants we enjoy around our homes and gardens.
What steps does Massey Services take in protecting pollinators?
Our landscape specialists and pest technicians have been trained to:
- Recognize the importance of pollinators on our environment.
- Use alternate control measures or to delay treatment when plants are in bloom and pollinators are present.
- Avoid the application of pest control materials when pollinators are foraging and plants are currently in bloom.
What can you do to protect pollinators?
Consider planting a bee-friendly garden. Here are a few tips for planting wildflowers that provide natural habitats for foraging pollinators:
- For mild-winter areas: You can plant almost anytime,
except during your hottest season.
- In Florida, fall is best.
- In cooler climates: Plant after the last frost.
- Seeds can be planted in a pot or directly into the ground.
- Plant in an area that receives full sunlight.
- Loosen soil and scatter seeds generously.
- Rake lightly to cover seeds.
- Keep seeds moist. They may need to be watered
more than once a day in warm conditions.
- Seeds should germinate within two to three weeks.