Yes, and the trend is irreversible without action.
You may think that bee pest control specialists would be positive about a decline in the bee population; less nest problems, more time to concentrate on other pests, fewer clients phoning them in a blind panic as a swarm of bees terrorises them.
However, the reverse is true. A decline in the bee population is an unwelcome situation with significant ramifications. The decrease is exacerbated by people trying to eradicate bees nests themselves rather than using bee pest control firms like Pest Control Berkshire who employ effective solutions for both humans and bees.
Is the population drop sudden?
Dr. Simon Potts at The University of Reading’s study in 2010 concluded that the bee population in the UK fell at over twice the rate of those on the European mainland over 20 years. (The Telegraph.)
The Guardian reported on leading scientists’ warnings about our food supplies being affected by the diminishing bee population back in January 2014 and numbers continue to lessen.
Removing the bees’ natural habitats to create housing and commercial centres, a lack of biodiversity, parasitic mites, disease and climate change are also factors in their decline.
As much as we have helped cause the issue, we can reverse the trend so that bee colonies can flourish, and when they are in the “wrong” location for humans, bee nest removal is sought.
Why are bees essential to wellbeing?
80% of British wild flowers and 84% of EU crops depend on insect pollinators, mainly bees. (Dr. Simon Potts/Telegraph.)
A third of all our food depends on their presence and capability to cross pollinate.
The bee population situation is concerning global organisations, Greenpeace included; they have set up information pages to inform readers about bees, their vital role in creating a healthy planet and how to increase bee numbers.
Greenpeace estimates that without bees it would cost €265 billion per annum globally to replicate their activities.
Don’t reach for a pesticide, call in an expert
Bee killing pesticides may seem like the obvious solution, but these leave the bee nest empty and their essential daily activities undone. Bee nest removal to a more appropriate location is carried out in all but the rarest of situations, thereby leaving the bee population unaffected and able to continue with cross pollination as we and the ecosystem needs them to.
Pain free common sense
Pest control clients have confessed to extremely dangerous actions to handle a bee nest, from setting fire to a nest to dousing it in boiling water. Please don’t follow their example; bee pest controllers must be contacted for your safety.
Specialists know how to relocate nests without incurring injuries; most novices find out painfully that bees under threat will mount a defence; imagine the agony of multiple stings in just a few minutes!
Remember, if there was no need for specialist assistance, bee pest control firms wouldn’t exist, no one would need to train and qualify for the task and the bee population wouldn’t be dwindling.