How to Support Pollinators


Why are pollinators so important? What’s the buzz with all those species? And what exactly do they need from us humans? 

Well, to put it simply, pollinators like bees, birds, butterflies and bats help plants reproduce and keep our environment diverse. Because of them, a lot of different plant species can survive and thrive while providing homes and food for other cute little critters. Pollinators are important for most every ecosystem, since most plants (around 80%) rely on some kind of pollinator to reproduce. When wild bees and other pollinators visit wild plants, they’re helping maintain the delicate balance in nature.

When we support our pollinator friends, we help them play a big role in keeping our ecosystems healthy — and that includes farmland. Bees are essential for growing all kinds of fruits, veggies, and nuts like apples, strawberries, and almonds. Plus a whole lot more. Without bees, we'd have fewer crops and maybe even pricier food.

How You Can Support Pollinators 

To give a hand to our bee besties, here’s a few things you can do at home: 

  • Plant Pollinator-Friendly Gardens: Create gardens with a variety of flowering plants that provide nectar and pollen for pollinators throughout the year. Choose native plants whenever possible; they are your local pollinators’ favorite (and the healthiest source of food for them). Here’s a guide where you can find the best plants native to your area:


  • Provide Nesting Sites: Different pollinators require specific nesting sites. For example, bumblebees may need underground burrows, while solitary bees might benefit from small holes in wood or bee houses. Look at installing a bee hotel or leaving some areas of bare ground for nesting. PRO TIP: If you see little holes in the ground, chances are it’s a bee hive!
  • Avoid Using Pesticides: When gardening, try to reduce or eliminate pesticides, as they can be harmful to pollinators. If you must use pesticides, opt for bee-safe and environmentally friendly options. Always follow the instructions on the label!
  • Provide a Water Source: Pollinators need water, especially in hot and dry conditions. Create shallow water sources with rocks or floating platforms to allow them to safely access water for drinking and bathing.
  • Support the American Beekeeper by buying Local Hive Honey. It's the real deal, 100% US honey, unlike most imported or fake honey. Buying Local Hive helps keep our buzzing buddies in business all across the US and supports their vital role in pollination. (American beekeepers make sure our bees are out there buzzing!) Plus, a portion of our proceeds goes to PACE.

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