Pollinator Week Emphasizes Need for Collective Effort to Safeguard Important SpeciesNPMA Staff
Monday, June 16, 2014
The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners
to plant pollinator-friendly gardens
FAIRFAX, Va. - The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
joins government agencies, private companies, non-governmental
organizations and foundations in calling attention to the
importance of pollinator
health during National Pollinator Week (June 16-22) and beyond.
Pollinators include bees, such as honey bees and bumble bees,
birds, butterflies, bats and beetles, with bees playing one of the
most integral roles in the nation's food supply chain.
"Many people may know that bees and other pollinators are
important to crops, but may not know that these essential species
are under threat from a number of sources, such as lack of
available nectar and pollen sources due to increased urbanization
and problems caused from diseases and parasites," said Dr. Richard
Fell, pollinator health advisor for the NPMA and Professor Emeritus
in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. "Simply put,
without bees to spread pollen, a large number of fruits and
vegetables will not be able to form and grow, severely impacting
farmers and consumers alike."
"While we have yet to determine the causes of bee colony
decline, we do know that there are a number of factors involved. As
the research continues, it is important that the public gain an
understanding of the small steps they can take to help pollinators
in their communities." added Fell.
The NPMA suggests the following ways the public can help
- Create a pollinator-friendly garden with flowering plants,
herbs and vegetables, including wildflowers, lavender, sunflowers,
golden rod, honey suckle, chives, oregano and thyme to help them
thrive. Because stinging insects can pose health threats, to keep
family members and pets safe, these gardens should be planted away
from the home or outdoor seating areas.
- Buy local honey and support community beekeepers.
- Do not attempt to remove or eliminate nests and hives - instead
contact a pest professional or beekeeper who can do so safely while
preserving the bees.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit PestWorld.org.