Wildlife Trusts officer, Adam Cormac, has gone viral after sharing a simple addition to his home called a “bee brick” using his Twitter account. This insect-friendly installation, meant to provide home for tired bees, seemed so intriguing to internet users that Adam’s post got almost 10,000 retweets.
Here at Bright Side we’ve searched for more information about this simple, but very smart invention, and here’s what we’ve learned.
Bee bricks and how they work wonders
6 months ago a bee brick was fitted to the side of our house. Today I went up a ladder to check on it and - yes! - we have some bees. A feature for all new build houses? 🐝 pic.twitter.com/A9I9xgBagw
— Adam Cormack (@everydaycormack) January 5, 2019
Adam was so thrilled to see a few bees living inside the brick he installed months ago that he immediately tweeted his discovery. In the comments following his post, Adam said that the bees are supposed to lay eggs in the holes of the bee brick in late spring or summer. With the help of mud they are building mini walls inside the holes, so that each egg has its own compartment.
Some of Adams followers shared their concern about the harm the bees could possibly do to the house, but Adam is sure there’s nothing to worry about. First, the bee brick mostly attracts non-aggressive solitary bees who don’t have a queen, don’t produce honey, and spend most of their time pollinating flowers and drinking nectar. Second, the holes in bee bricks do not pass through the bricks from end to end, so bees have no chance of getting into the house.
Why is it so important to provide shelter for bees?
Bee populations have been drastically declining for the past several decades. In the US, for example, the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90 percent since 1962. Bees die out due to a number of factors which include, their consumption of pesticides and other chemicals used by farmers and from their natural habitats being destroyed.
Bees are critical pollinators: these tiny creatures pollinate around 70 of the 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. If we lose the bees, we not only lose the crops, but we also lose the animals that eat those crops and so on down the food chain. That being said, without bees, our planet would probably look like an abandoned deserted area with no signs of life.
Everyone can help!
Design companies and workshops offer bee bricks of different shapes, sizes, and colors at reasonable prices so that each of us can make them a part of our homes. It may seem that installing a little brick with holes is not enough to save the planet, but that’s not quite accurate.
A bee brick fitted into your house wall and a spoonful of sugar and water mixture left in your yard will give shelter and food to tired bees. Keeping in mind the danger these insects are facing, these simple steps are probably our last chance to make a difference and save the lives of these wonderful creatures.
What do you think of this invention? Would you include a bee brick into the walls of your house? Tell us in the comments!
Preview photo credit everydaycormack / Twitter, everydaycormack / Twitter