Changing "Bee-havior" Helps Boost Canada's Honey Bee Population

TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Calling all beekeepers! In advance of World Honey Bee Day this Saturday, August 19, the call has gone out to bee keepers across the country to join a new national effort to help safeguard Canada's declining honey bee population.  

Abell Pest Control has been building a national registry that connects beekeepers and homeowners in an effort to protect honey bee swarms.

"We're very proud to be leading the way with the protocols we've established that focus on saving rather than exterminating honey bee swarms," said John Abell, President of Abell Pest Control. "We've had great success in relocating honey bee swarms to new locations, protecting both public safety and honey bees."

Swarming can occur in a variety of locations around the home, from cars to sheds when a queen bee decides to leave a healthy but overpopulated colony. She's escorted by thousands of bees in her search for a new home. When this happens, homeowners are encouraged to contact Abell's national registry at: Abellsavesbees.com where they'll be connected with a local beekeeper who will relocate the swarm, often at no cost.

"The more we can do to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees the better the chances of protecting them," added Abell. "One out of every three bites of food we eat is a result of honey bees, so they play a huge role in our daily lives and the pollination of our crops."

There has been a dramatic decline in the population of honey bees and other pollinators around the world as a result of habitat loss, climate change, mites and possibly agricultural pesticide use. To help advance the science and understanding of honey bees, Abell is donating $25,000 over the next five years towards a new scholarship at the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre. It's also sponsoring an additional introductory beekeeper training course next year to help meet growing demand.

Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company that's dedicated to providing effective, professional pest management service. Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employers several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States. Learn more about Abell's bee' cause we care program, go to: http://abellsavesbees.com

SOURCE Abell Pest Control

For further information: Danna O'Brien, danna@obriencommunications.ca, 416-500-0699; Mike Heimbach, Abell Pest Control, mheimbach@abellgroup.com, 416-561-9863

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