The United States is populated by about 4,000 species of bees belonging to nine different families. These include such familiar members as the bumbling bumble bee, the sweet honeybee and the busy carpenter bee. All of these bees perform invaluable services to our world as pollinators.
Bees and Pollination
Plants reproduce through pollination, which refers to the pollen transfer from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant. Once the pollen has been transferred, a new fruit, seed or nut can form. Plants often depend on the wind or animals to help with reproduction, and bees are among the most effective pollinators because they have pockets and hairs on their legs that tend to collect large volumes of pollen and they focus their attentions on one type of plant at a time. This allows for more and better quality pollination with each trip a bee makes.
The Benefits of Bees
About a third of crops benefit directly or indirectly from bees’ visits. Honeybees and other pollinating creatures, including hummingbirds, bats and butterflies, are estimated to help produce millions of dollars worth of agricultural crops. Some of these foods include apples, asparagus, blueberries, broccoli, cantaloupes, cherries, cucumbers, cranberries, watermelons, pumpkins and almonds. Honey is another food we would not have without bees.
The Beauty of Bees
Bees also help keep our planet beautiful by pollinating flowers. While creating an aesthetically pleasing environment might not seem like an important job, it does make our world a little bit more enjoyable for us. Insects and birds benefit more directly from the flowers pollinated by the bees. The plants pollinated by bees often provide shelter, food and more for other creatures.
The Dangers of Bees
Almost every type of bee has a critical role to play in our ecosystem, but that does not mean you want them to set up shop in your home or property. In spite of the important jobs they do, they can become a problem when they build a hive in your walls or attic. Carpenter bees can damage the wooden parts of your home, and any stinging bee can pose a health risk to individuals with allergies. Non-native invasive species such as African bees are directly endangering people and threatening native species. Getting these bees under control is essential in maintaining a safe environment.
If you have a problem with bees, the safest and most effective way to eliminate them is with the help of a professional exterminator. We can help you find the infestation and remove the bees humanely. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry and an expert honeybee instructor on staff, we can provide you with options to keep your family safe. Call Pinpoint today to get your free quote.