How to be kind
Yes, bees need water – last summer’s drought affected hives and honey yields significantly. Resurrect your old bird (and bee) bath. Bees use water to cool hives down and water down their honey for their bee babies. Avoid honey water, but sugar syrup is OK.
Fill your backyard and neighbourhood with bee-friendly plants. Make sure there is something flowering in all seasons so the honeybees don’t go hungry. Check out treesforbeesnz.org/garden for ideas.
EAT LOCALLY MADE HONEY
Imported honey can be the source of bee diseases not yet in New Zealand.
DON’T DESTROY SWARMS
Swarming bees is a natural occurrence, and bees are least likely to sting when swarming. Call the NBA and a grateful beekeeper will likely gratefully collect bees to establish a new hive.
STAY AWAY FROM SPRAYS
Many contain chemicals like neonicotinoids that can impact on bee health. If you must use them, use beefriendly sprays and read the instructions carefully. Spray in the evenings once the bees have gone to bed.
Or try this organicn alllpurpose insect spray thanks to Ecostorek
1. Chop, grind, or liquefy a garlic bulb and a small onion.
2. Add 1 tsp of cayenne pepper and mix all ingredients with 1 litre of water.
3. Let the liquid steep for about an hour before straining through a clean piece of cheesecloth or fine muslin.
4. Add 1 tbsp of Ecostore dishwashing liquid to the
strained liquid and mix well.
5. Pour into a clean, labelled spray bottle.
6. Spray your plants thoroughly, including leaf undersides.
7. Mixture can be stored for up to a week in the fridge.