We all know that bees are busy. So it makes sense that they get thirsty!
But have you ever witnessed a bee watering hole? Now you can make one.
Fact is, bees are crash landers (like those other beneficial insects, ladybugs). Open water, like a creek or pond (even a bird bath) means bees risk drowning or being caught by predators — you've seen fish jumping out of water to catch yummy insects, right?
Prevent bee drownings — make a bee bath! These three simple steps use ingredients already in your home. Your creation will also combat pests like aphids, because ladybugs that stop by for a sip will eat 'em!
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Step 1: Place a shallow plate in your yard or garden at ground level where you've noticed bee activity. Better still, place the bee bath near sick plants to attract aphid eaters like ladybugs!
Note: Reuse a plate (maybe one that's chipped), source one from a thrift store or use a plant pot tray.
Step 2: Add a few rocks to the plate to create landing pads or islands.
Step 3: Add fresh water but don't submerge the stones. You won't encourage mosquito larvae if you keep the water level low.
It's okay if the water evaporates, refill your bee bath as needed. And don't be afraid to move it around your garden/yard.
How did you make the most effective bee bath?
Sincerely, Lindsay Coulter
A fellow Queen of Green