How to Make Your Property Honey Bee Friendly...

Plant native plants: Flowers help feed bees and other pollinators like butterflies.  Native plants are a great choice as they typically need less water and fertilizer.

Plant flowers in clusters:
Large groupings of flowers with successive blooms will attract more bees and if you can plant with the seasons in mind, the bees will appreciate blooms year round.

Plant in sunny areas:
Bees are known to forage in sunny areas that are protected from the wind.

Garden organically:
Don’t use pesticides, herbicides or other toxic forms of pest control and be sure the plants and seeds you purchase have not already been treated by some type of toxic chemical.

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Did You Know...

Bomb squad: Defense Advanced Research Laboratory (DARPA) scientists have been working with honeybees using their highly developed sense of smell since 1999 to sniff out bombs.

Facial recognition: A honeybee can recognize faces, and they even do it the same way we do using a technique called configural processing, piecing together the components of a face — eyes, ears, nose and mouth according to a report by The Journal of Experimental Biology.

Bee venom destroys HIV cells and more: Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine reported nanoparticles containing bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while at the same time leaving surrounding cells unharmed.  Physicians have reported using bee venom to treat arthritic conditions, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, asthma, hearing loss, and even premenstrual syndrome.

Honey used to sterilize wounds: Doctors from the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, New Zealand say that honey is a very effective means of quickly rendering heavily infected wounds sterile, without the side effects of antibiotics, and it is even effective against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.

Oldest honey found: Archaeologists claim that In ancient times, honey was packed for people's journeys into the afterlife.  In the country of Georgia, honey remains have been found on the inner surface of clay vessels unearthed an ancient tomb, dating back some 4,700–5,500 years.
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