How to Save a Tired Bee

Hey, it’s Matt from Ethicul! This post is going to explain how to easily save a tired bee. Whether it is indoors or in your garden, bees play a vital part in our ecosystem so make sure you help them where you can.

At first glance, you may think the bee is dead or about to die, but this is not always the case. Often bees are fatigued and low in energy due to urbanisation of rural areas and us ultimately shrinking the habitat they thrive in. The good news is that you can save bees quickly and easily using ingredients that you’ll find in your very own home, sugar and water. This combination for bees can be likened to that Monday morning coffee you have to start off the week. Ensure not to give a struggling bee honey, I know at first this can sound like a good idea. However, most honey you will have at home will not be suitable for bees and could in fact be detrimental to their health.

Making this energy revitalising syrup for any bees you find is easy and quick. Simply mix two tablespoons of white granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water. The best way to give this to the bee is to put it on a teaspoon for them. Place the spoon beside the bee so that it can drink or very carefully place the bee on the spoon itself. By following these steps, you should hopefully give the bee enough energy to fly off and your work is done!

Why is this important?

Bee populations are in danger, so knowing this simple yet effective technique can go a long way to ensure our wildlife continues to remain enriched by all of the positive impacts the bees have on our ecosystem. 

How else can you help the bees?

Loop Loop’s greeting cards are a fantastic way to reduce your waste and support the bee population at the same time. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! Loop Loop create beautifully designed sustainable cards that are embedded with a variety of wildflower seeds. This means that once the card has been received and appreciated, it can be planted to flourish into a beautiful array of wildflowers. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the card! This is an easy ethical swap if you are looking at ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. 

On the discussion of bees, you may want to support them in other ways. One way you can go the extra mile is by getting the wildflower seedball mixes from Ethicul’s shop. The seedball mixes come in 8 varieties and can be planted in your garden to grow a mix of native wildflowers that bees just love! The carefully selected mixes are designed to support the ecosystem that nature resides in. Each tin contains 20 seed balls, enough to cover 1 metre square in a garden bed or 3-5 medium-sized pots (leave at least 10cm between each ball). PS – you can head here to get 15% off your first order!

Another Ethicul partner, Tommy & Lottie have wonderful bee t-shirts that when purchased, supports Abigail’s Flower Truck and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Each of the products mentioned not only help the bees, but they can help us all on our sustainable journey. You can Become an Ethicul member to support our planet, communities and independent businesses with your everyday purchases!