As the world observes National Pollinator Week June 20-26, Rose Pest Solutions highlights the importance of promoting and maintaining ecosystems that attract bees, butterflies and other pollinator species.
The company helps raise awareness of the importance of preserving pollinators and the impact they have on the environment while employing a careful practice of exclusion that helps pollinators thrive.
According to the Pollinator Partnership, 75-95% of all flowering plants need help with pollination, and pollinating insects are essential for transferring pollen with healthy and productive agricultural ecosystems. Bees are among the beneficial insects that pollinate more than 180,000 different plant species. Studies show that an average bee colony can produce 100 pounds of honey, with total agricultural production reaching between $1.2 billion and $5.4 billion per year.
“Rose Pest Solutions recognizes the importance of beneficial insects in our ecosystem and that is why we are committed to promoting and protecting pollinating insects,” said Mark VanderWerp, BCE, Head of Education and Training for Rose Pest Solutions. “The bee is well studied and well known, but in fact it is only one of the hundreds of species of bees that we have in the region. Many of our insects are crucial to preserve and protect and do not are not species that create pest problems.
In serving commercial and residential customers, Rose Pest Solutions strives to protect beneficial pollinators. If a honey bee hive or nest is discovered on a customer’s property, the company takes steps to relocate the colony safely if possible. This may involve working alongside local beekeepers or relying on Rose Pest Solutions’ in-house team of experts who have moved live bee colonies in the past.
Rose Technicians give their clients the following tips to help pollinators thrive:
- Plant native flowers and flowering species as much as possible in gardens that will bloom at different times of the year – spring, summer and fall.
- Place colorful flowers in clusters to make bee foraging more efficient.
- Create a pollinator-friendly habitat knowing that in addition to nectar and pollen, various species will need other things, like bare soil or piles of logs to nest in, and (in the case of butterflies) other things host plants for caterpillars.
- Reduce pesticide use and rewild certain spaces if you own land (hint: a well-kept lawn is not green space that many species can use).
- Educate neighbours, schools and community groups on the importance of pollinators.
- Do not install a beehive in your garden without the instruction and support of a qualified beekeeper.