The pest control industry as a whole is trying to be careful how it affects the global bee population. Honeybees, in particular, saw their numbers decline by as much as 50 percent. In 2013, some U.S. beekeepers saw 60 percent of their hives disappear. Couple in the blow suffered by other bee types, and the numbers can be downright shocking. Thus, utmost care must be observed when removing them to prevent further loss.
Why shouldn’t bees be treated just like any other pest, you may ask? The answer is that they’re very valuable in food production. In fact, bees play a part in one-third of the food the world consumes—fruits, vegetables, nuts all benefit from the pollination of flowers made possible by bees. According to data, honeybees alone contribute a $1.2 billion to $5.4 billion share to the American food production industry.
Studies reveal that pesticide exposure is one of the leading causes of the diminished population. Thus, new labels for insecticides began in 2014 to help protect the bee’s numbers, implementing changes to limit the bees’ exposure to dangerous substances such as dinotefuran, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. The best pest control professionals make it a point to follow the new guidelines to protect the bees from further loss.
Hopefully, these industry-wide changes will enable the bee population to blossom once again.