PUBLISHED ON February 11th, 2014
Residential pest control companies share that bees are cold blooded. This means their body temperatures reflect the temperature around them. When temperatures fall below 50 degrees F, they have to take action…or die. To warm up, bees huddle together so the fuzz on their bodies form a protective barrier against cold air. When the temperatures drop, they move to the center of a hive, huddle as close together as possible and move their wing muscles. This is like when you move around a bit when you feel cold. The lower the temperatures drop, the more snuggly the bees cuddle.
Bees are so vital to the health of the environment that Washington and Oregon pest control companies urge you to action to help protection them through the Save-Bees.org campaign. The site shares that “honey bees, native bees and other pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat.”
Since 2006, bees have died at alarming rates partly because of neonicotinoids, a new type of toxic pesticide. Several countries have banned this and other chemicals to protect the bees, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that it can’t make a decision about pesticide bans until 2018. With 30 percent of the U.S. bee colonies dying in less than a half a decade, they may not have four more years to spare.
Oregon and Washington pest control companies encourage you to sign the Save-Bees.org petition and ask local legislators to co-sponsor the Saving America’s Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692), which bans deadly pesticides.
If bees move onto your property uninvited, reach for the phone instead of dangerous chemicals and call Eden Pest.