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BEE HAPPY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Since 2014, Cap Cana has been passionate in rescuing honey bee hives and swarms that setup camp in houses, schools, offices, balconies, garden, among others. Accessible honeycomb, honey and bee colonies are skillfully relocated by our local apiarists (beekeepers) into a wooden hive box and are allowed to continue pollinating our lands for a promising tomorrow.

This coming Sunday May 20th celebrate World Bee Day at Api Beach Club with a honey tasting by local honey producer Little Island Honey.

Our bee swarm reallocation service is complimentary, when you find a bee swarm or hive contact us at info@capcana.com

HOW IMPORTANT IS BEE POLLINATION IN OUR LIVES

Just how important are honeybees to the human diet? Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute one-third of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed. One Cornell University study estimated that honeybees annually pollinate $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S. Essentially, if honeybees disappear, they could take most of our insect pollinated plants with them, potentially reducing mankind to little more than a water diet.

Bees are of inestimable value as agents of cross-pollination, and many plants are entirely dependent on particular kinds of bees for their reproduction (such as red clover, which is pollinated by the bumblebee, and many orchids). In many cases the use of insecticides for agricultural pest control has created the unwelcome side effect of killing the bees necessary for maintaining the crop. Such environmental stresses plus several species of parasitic mites devastated honeybee populations in the United States beginning in the 1980s, making it necessary for farmers to rent bees from keepers in order to get their crops pollinated and greatly affecting the pollination of plants in the wild. In recent years commercial honeybee hives have suffered from colony collapse disorder, which, for unknown reasons, left many bee boxes empty of bees after overwintering. Bee venom has also been found to have medicinal properties, used for treating arthritis, multiple sclerosis and even fibromyalgia, and more recently to treat sexual dysfunction, cancer, epilepsy and depression.