PUBLISHED ON August 11th, 2015
This summer, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that August 15 was Oregon Native Bees Conservation Awareness Day, stating, “Oregon’s native bees are essential pollinators in ecosystems that support the reproduction of flowering trees and plants, including the fruits and seeds that are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds and mammals.” Oregon is the first state to formally acknowledge the importance of protecting some of the world’s more important pollinators.
A June 2015 study published in Nature Communications reported that wild bees in the global food system are worth about $3,000 per hectare of pollinated agricultural land. Bees and insects are responsible for pollinating two-thirds of the most important crops in the world. Incidentally, the agricultural value of wild bees is now on par with that of honey bees.
Oregon pest control experts hail Governor Brown’s proclamation as a victory after the state experienced population declines in recent years. As the population of honeybees continues to experience instability, native bees are vital to agriculture throughout the state.
In 2013, a couple Oregon cities experienced massive colony die-offs. To help protect the bee population, the Oregon Department of Agriculture banned the use of insecticides containing imidacloprid, a type of neonicotinoid that researchers continually link to pollinator declines. In addition to being fatal, imidacloprids negatively affect bee foraging habits, navigation and reproduction.
If you find a colony of bees, wasps or hornets on your property, contact an Oregon pest control service like Eden. Do not use pesticides to get rid of them or try to control them on your own. The specialists at Eden carefully remove pollinator colonies and relocate them to an area where they’re welcome and beneficial. Contact Eden today to learn more.