Honeybees are an important part of the honeybee’s life cycle.
They pollinate, lay eggs and produce honey.
But for many, their numbers are dwindling.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, honeybees are facing a global population collapse.
“We have seen an unprecedented number of colony collapses, in which honeybees lose an average of three-quarters of their population per year, a drastic decline from the levels of the 1970s,” the group’s director Scott Simon said in a statement.
The bees’ plight has been particularly hard on the Asian honeybee, which is known for producing some of the most beautiful honey that honeybees produce.
So, it makes sense that many of us have heard about the honeybees and how they help the bee population.
“Honeybees are also important pollinators in a number of other habitats, including pollinating fruits and nuts, pollinating plant roots and insects,” Simon told Business Insider.
“And they’re also important to the environment.”
However, honeybee conservation groups are concerned that honeybee colonies in the United States could be on the decline.
In recent years, a number have been hit hard by pesticides.
According the Center’s Simon, the number of colonies in an area has dropped by almost 80% since 1996.
“The problem is that the pesticides are now in so many different forms that the bees aren’t getting them,” he said.
So how do you know if your bee colony is in trouble?
It’s not easy, Simon said.
“If you go to the beekeepers and say, ‘Can you give me some information on this issue?’ they will not be able to tell you,” he told Business Insitute.
“They may have no idea what’s going on and they may be not able to help you.”
To help you know what’s happening, Simon suggests visiting your local beekeeping.
“You can go out and ask them questions, you can ask them for recommendations, you may even go into their hive and find out what’s actually going on,” he explained.
“In a lot of places, you will see the bees have been sprayed with chemicals that are known to kill bees.”
In addition to these chemicals, some of these pesticides are harmful to honeybees, so it’s important to test your bees’ samples for them.
If you suspect there’s any pesticides in your honeybee sample, you should take a sample and test for them yourself.
You can also contact your local state or local regulatory agency to ask for a review of any pesticides they are testing for.
If the testing doesn’t confirm your suspicions, there may be more questions than answers about the cause of the colony collapse.
However, if you’re concerned about the health of your bees, Simon recommended that you seek help from a beekeeper or a beekeeping professional.
“I have seen many beekeepers who are very concerned that they are having issues with bees because of the way they are being sprayed with pesticides,” he added.
“So I think if you have some kind of health concern, it is important to do a test yourself and see if it’s the pesticides or something else that you are concerned about.”