BeehivesA great backyard hobby, and valuable benefit to plants and flowers in the area, is keeping beehives. Because the beehives will increase pollination, the growth and health of gardens will be greatly increased. Beehives also provide an excellent source of fresh honey, which has become expensive in recent years due to the decrease in beehives across the world.
They are, however, protective of their beehives and it is important to position beehives a safe distance from places where people often pass by. This is especially true of Africanized 'Killer' bees, they require a very large circumference around their beehives, and are known to chase intruders for up to a half mile. For this reason, Africanized beehives are not used by beekeepers.
It is common to be greeted by a few bees while keeping beehives, and there is nothing to fear about their curiosity. Bees will travel great distances to locate resources for their beehives, they are primarily concerned with their work and are never looking for a fight. Stings are often caused by a person’s reaction to a bee's presence, which can cause the bee to feel under attack and prompt it to sting.
Another reason bees are hesitant to sting is because they do not survive the sting. They have barbed stingers which lock into the surface, once hooked it will be ripped out of the bee. The purpose is to leave the poison sack in place to allow it to deliver its full payload. Beehives depend heavily on their workers and do not like to have them sacrificed; they only do so when it becomes necessary.
The reason the bees are so busy is that they are constantly building their hives and producing many valuable and healthy products we can use. Local honey is an amazing substance that has a growing number of uses. It can be used to reduce allergies by immunizing a person to the varieties of pollen in the area. Honey has also been shown to have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial features, as well as the ability to improve hair and skin beauty.
Beehives will also produce several lesser known substances. Propolis is made from tree sap and used by the bees to repair beehives. Royal Jelly, is a specially nutritious food intended for the growing queens, it is one of the most complete sources of nutrition containing; amino acids, minerals, fatty acids, enzymes, vitamin complexes and trace elements.
The importance of bees is being taken very seriously because of recent declines in the number of beehives in the U.S. and many other places in the world. With the absence of wild bees living in natural beehives, it is becoming more important for individuals to create manmade hives for their survival.