How to help these insects ‘Bee’t the heat – Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas 2021-08-12 23:20:08 –

Wichita, Kansas (KSNW) — These extreme temperatures demand refreshment not only for those seeking cooler pastures, but also for animals and insects throughout the region. Especially bees.

Amanda Alessi is the director of the Great Plains Nature Center. She said in the sun, bees are as thirsty as people.

“Rising temperatures are related to water, so only access to water sources will be depleted. That’s really the main problem,” Alessi said.

John McDowell and his wife are beekeepers. They said that when water is limited, bees start looking for water in the wrong place.

“Your pool is the same as your hot tub,” McDowell said.

It may be a way for people to cool, but not for bees. “Yes, they are drowning,” McDowell said.

There are some simple things you can do to keep these essential insects hydrated at very high temperatures.

“The various types of flowering plants that provide nectar, the native flowering plants, can be used to provide food to them,” said Alessi.

McDowell’s advice is probably easier. “Put in and out like a terracotta pot of gravel or marble. You can add sugar water if you want,” he added.

The ratio of sugar water is 1: 1. McDowell said the bees would thank you for it. “The bees will expect you to be there in the water at about the same time each day,” he said.

Bees are not a native species of Kansas, but they thrive here and are state insects.

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