How to save a tired bee - the quick and easy method

Written by: Ryan Hudson

A small group of bees collecting nectar from nearby wildlife

This post is going to explain how to easily save a tired bee. Whether it is indoors or in your garden, bees play a vital part in our ecosystem so make sure you help them where you can.

At first glance you may think the bee is dead or about to die, but this isn’t always the case. Often bees are fatigued and low in energy due to urbanisation of rural areas and us ultimately shrinking the habitat they thrive in. The good news is that you can save bees quickly and easily using ingredients which you’ll find in every home; sugar and water. This combination for bees can be likened to that Monday morning coffee you have to start off the week. Ensure not to give a struggling bee honey, I know at first this can sound like a good idea. However, most honey you will have at home will not be suitable for bees and could in fact be detrimental to their health.

Making this energy revitalising syrup for any bees you find is quick and easy. Simply mix two tablespoons of white granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water. The best way to give this to the bee is to put it on a teaspoon for them. Place the spoon beside the bee so that it can drink or very carefully place the bee on the spoon itself. By following these steps, you should hopefully give the bee enough energy to fly off and your work is done! Ultimately, we hope you don’t have to save any bees like this; but we certainly have had too and that's why we wanted to share this with you all. Bee populations are in danger, so knowing this simple yet effective technique can go a long way to ensure our wildlife continues to remain enriched by all of the positive impacts the bees have on our ecosystem.

On the discussion of bees you may want to support them in other ways. One way you can go the extra mile is by getting the wildflower seedball mixes from My Green Pod. The seedball mixes come in 8 varieties, and can be planted in your garden to grow a mix of native wildflowers that bees just love! The carefully selected mixes are designed to support the ecosystem that nature resides in. Each tin contains 20 seed balls, enough to cover 1 metre square in a garden bed or 3-5 medium sized pots (leave at least 10cm between each ball).

Another way to help bees thrive is through Loop Loop’s greeting cards. This sounds strange if you do not know about them, right? Well Sophie from Loop Loop creates beautifully designed cards that are embedded with wildflower seeds. This means that once the card has been received, it can be planted. As long as it’s watered like any other seeds, it will grow into beautiful wildflowers that not only look great, but help bees when they pollinate.

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