Honey Nut Cheerios has teamed up with Veseys to give away millions of seeds specific to attracting bees. I’m a writer in the Yummy Mummy Club Community. Last month we had a chance to pitch Cheerios on their campaign and why bee are so important. I didn’t get the job, but it won’t stop me from promoting this awesome campaign to #bringbackthebees.
Up until last summer, my granddaughter referred everything, fly, wasp or moth, as a bee. I know the difference, but I tend to windmill my arms around them all equally. So what’s up with that?
I don’t know why I’m afraid. As a child, my plant-crazy grandfather had bees. I understood how important they were to his garden, which I raided weekly for raspberries, carrots, pea and apples.
I wasn’t ever stung by a bee. A wasp when I was forty. I’d grabbed a handful of hay for Halloween and the wasp and I got the squeeze on each other. It hurt like hell, but after a couple of minutes and choice four letter expletives, I was fine.
Writing this helps me understand that my fear is unreasoned, but it will always be there. So I have embraced my it scares you, but do it anyway philosophy.
About Canadian Bees
In Canada there are about 800 bee species. These bees, for the most part, are solitary, make their homes in the ground and don’t produce honey.
Honey bees may have lived in North American millions of years ago, but did not survive. They were re-introduced to North America by European colonists in the 1600’s.
Regardless of honey or no honey are busy and important pollinators!
Stings are Real
Bees are not aggressive. Most stings occur only when you accidentally step on or grab insects. In some people, insect venom can cause an allergic reaction from mild to severe.
As I said, bee and wasp stings are incredibly painful. While parents don’t want to see their kids hurt, they probably have too much information and companies pushing safety products.
EpiPens do save lives, but insect venom is rarely deadly says an allergist at McMaster University. The challenge is that products like these also increase anxieties like melissophobia [fear of being stung].
The Bumpy Road of Parenting
Parents shy away from free ranging their kids. The possibility of being judged as irresponsible parent clouds their ability to see the big picture. They throw the bee out with the bathwater. The fact is that bees are already in decline and their loss in our agricultural world will be devastating. I’m thinking now of my granddaughter and her grandchildren.
It’s not enough to think just of losing one or two favourite fresh foods or the enjoyment you’d miss from a world bereft of flowers. The BBC said that bees pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. No pressure parents, but essentially a decline in bees threatens the entire human species.
Clinical studies ahve proven that safe exposure to our fears reduces anxiety over time. Thus, my granddaughter and I are working through our fear of bees by attracting bees. We are going to be planting more indigenous wildflowers and adding an underground bee nest.
We’ll visit the garden daily and find suitable jobs to increase our exposure . One great job for the six year old will be to top up the water in the bee pond.
Attracting Bees by Adding Nests – Yes or No?
Adding a nest seems like another great way of attracting bees, but do they work? Since most Canadian bees nest underground, researchers say it doesn’t make much sense to make or buy an above ground nest that will stay empty or encourage mice or wasps.
Another expert, however, successfully attracted Mason Bees to an above ground nest that can be purchased or home made from bamboo poles. A specific space for bees in the garden for the bees, so tiny guests are unlikely to blunder into them, is a great idea.
Seeds that are Suitable
As we experiment with bee nests, ponds and houses, please join us in attracting bees to your gardens by hitting up Honey Nut Cheerios for a free pack of Vesey seeds. If you think the seeds offered aren’t suitable, Vesey’s got a whole company at your finger tips to help you “bringbackthebees.
If one seed produces a bee friendly plant, can you imagine what planting millions will create!