Bee Care and Pro Tips
Global climate change already has observable effects on the environment. Extreme weather is more frequent and more intense, plant and animal ranges have shifted, and plants are blooming earlier. These changes are having an impact on our bee populations.
Pesticides are commonly used in urban, rural, and agricultural environments to kill pests, diseases, and weeds. However, many pesticides also harm pollinators. This post highlights a few of the dangers of pesticide use on our bee species and some pollinator-friendly pest control strategies to try out in your garden.
Nest monitoring and maintenance are essential to maintaining bee health. Fortunately, proper care can significantly reduce the incidences of pests, parasites, and diseases and allow managed bees to thrive. This post highlights common enemies of leafcutter and mason bees as well as methods for their control.
There is no single, overriding cause of insect declines. Scientists cite many factors in the sharp decline of the world's insect populations and many of these factors interact, causing even greater pressure on vulnerable populations. This blog highlights 5 of the major causes of global insect decline and a few simple actions that individuals can take to save insects from even greater declines in the future.
Looking for something to do with the family this spring? Building your own bee house is a fun, engaging activity that the entire family can enjoy! Check out our new blog post, DIY - How To Make A Solitary Bee House, to learn how to craft a bee house that suits both your budget and design style!
This post will explain a few simple steps to create a bee-friendly habitat that will help local bee populations thrive - applicable to small and large gardens, urban and rural areas, and everywhere in between.
Join the Crown Bees team to learn about the importance of harvesting your mason bee cocoons and how to improve the health of your bees.
In a study we published earlier this year, we found that feral honey bees (managed honey bees gone wild) are preferentially removing food resources from the plant species that support the highest diversity and abundance of native pollinators.
Backyard bee houses or bee hotels have become so popular that large garden distributors have started selling quickly made nesting habitats. When these products are made from drilled blocks of wood or bamboo tubes, they actually do more harm than good for local hole-nesting bees. These companies' intentions are in the right place but they lack the knowledge of the pests and diseases that can harm bees.