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Bees pollinate gardens and flowering landscapes. Promoting their health is an important priority.

Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species, including those found in yards, landscapes, and parks in our communities and across our country.


Government officials and scientists agree bee health is a complicated and long-standing concern—one that dates back to the 1800s. For example, The National Stakeholders Conference on Bee Health in 2013 reported the Varroa mite, a parasite that feeds on bee larva and attaches itself to adult bees, remains the “single most detrimental pest of honey bees.”   While industry is doing its part to address stressors, we can all take action to understand the many factors contributing to bee health, and play an important role in promoting pollinator health.


That’s why RISE created the ‘Bee Responsible’ program- to encourage homeowners to learn more about the many factors affecting bee health and how we can work together to promote their long-term existence.


Do your part by learning more about how you can maintain bee-friendly lawns and landscapes with the tips below:

  • Plant native flora. Growing native flowers and plants will adapt better to where you live and provide a familiar food source to local pollinators.
  • Include diverse flower colors and fragrances in your garden. Bees are especially attracted to flowers in shades of purple, blue, white and yellow, while butterflies like red and purple.
  • Provide water and sun. Pollinators love visiting a sunny location with a source of fresh water nearby.
  • Read and follow label instructions. “Bee” responsible by always reading and following all label instructions when using any pesticide product. Make sure to choose the right product for your problem, and apply it correctly.
  • Plant generously. A large amount of flowers is more attractive to pollinators than single plants.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with hashtag #BeeResponsible, and visit the other resources below for more information on promoting pollinator health.


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