Bees are rebounding in numbers, according to Bayer Bee Care Program

 Aug. 16 was National Honey Bee Day and the Bayer Bee Care Program says it’s celebrating the recent good news about honeybees, which suggests bees are rebounding when compared to previous years. Honeybees have a tremendous impact in our lives, backyards and communities, including pollinating many of the fruits and vegetables we love to eat. Without them, feeding our families and growing beautiful gardens would be a bigger challenge.On National Honey Bee Day, there was good news on bee health, according to Bayer:

  •  Honey bee populations are stable or increasing globally;
  •  After a long winter, hives on two continents were stronger than in previous years;
  •  President Obama started an initiative to find ways to improve honey bee health; and
  •  New public/private partnerships are addressing forage and nutrition challenges.

Even with this good news, there remains much work to do as bee experts agree that honey bee health is affected by many stressors. From a lack of food and heavy workload while being trucked from coast to coast pollinating crops to diseases and deadly pests, honey bees are constantly facing obstacles. There’s also the threat of the deadly Varroa mite, which has been called “the single most detrimental pest of honey bees” because it sucks their blood just like a giant tick and can ultimately destroy an entire colony.

Bayer knows honey bees are important and is working to keep them healthy. In April, its North American Bee Care Center opened in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The company also launched an innovative, new product named Fluency Agent that was used to help reduce potential pesticide dust exposure to honey bees during the planting season on more than 3 million acres in North America. Bayer shared the good news about bees during its second-annual Bee Care Tour, which traveled coast to coast ending in Washington, D.C. during National Pollinator Week, and Bayer educated thousands about honey bee health in the middle of Grand Central Station in July.

Bayer continues to promote proper use of all its products, including neonicotinoid insecticides, which have helped revolutionize plant and pet protection because of how well they work against destructive pests.

The fact that neonicotinoids can help control destructive pests while protecting needed pollinators, such as honey bees, is what makes them so essential to pest management programs, according to Bayer. There have been more than 100 studies investigating neonicotinoids and pollinators, and, under conditions of practical field use, these products are not harmful to bee colonies.

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