A crucial part of human existence
Buzzing from flower to flower, the worker bee gathers pollen and nectar to bring back to the hive as food. With one-third of all food supplies being produced with the help of bees, we are constantly taking measures to protect them when we perform our services.
Most of us associate bees with getting stung and honey. While the latter is good, getting stung is no fun. But did you know that most bees are not aggressive and only sting when threatened? Other stinging insects like the ones shown above are aggressive and sting at will.
For our barrier spray service, we will not spray any pre-bloom or flowering shrubs and keep insecticide drift off of non-targeted areas. We never use any pesticides that are listed in the H.R.1337 - Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2019 enacted by Congress.
Many gardeners plant flowers specifically to attract butterflies. Butterflies are not nearly as efficient in pollination as bees, but they do offer some pollination benefits and are beautiful to watch fluttering around the garden. We just love them and are diligent in protecting them along with our bee friends. For more information on Butterflies in South Carolina, please click for the Clemson University resource page.
There are many native bees to our area and Clemson University has provided a great resource of information.
Just the honey bee that has a barbed stinger which will get stuck at the sting site. When they try to exit they basically leave their abdominal tissue with it and die. Yuck!
No! Bees beat their wings about 130 times per second sending mini shock waves which loosen up the pollen from a flower. That’s why they hover in front waiting for the flower to release a pollen lunch.
A typical hive makes about 100lbs per year, honey!
Yes! Bees cross pollinate Robusta coffee plants which make up 40% of the world’s coffee production. Light and sweet, please!