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Good News: The Resurgence of the Honey Bee, An Animal Vitally Important to the Health of Humans and the Entire Earth Ecosystem

Honeybee and milk thistle (image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 

ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

Here on this blog we mix things up in terms of topics and subjects.  Sure, we blog about our business and services, but in that we at ohDEER are lovers of nature and the outdoors … and in that our co-founder and co-owner, Kurt Upham, is an enthusiastic outdoorsman … we also post here about matters and issues pertaining to protecting and sustaining nature.

After all, all of us … all of us living beings and creatures on this planet … are all in it together.

A living being, a creature, who is among the planet’s most industrious and productive, and upon whose health the well-being of all humanity and the broader earth ecosystem depends, is the honeybee (apis mellifera).

Honeybees are nature’s all-star pollinators – those animals who transfer pollen, produced by the stamen, the male organ of a plant, to the stigma, a component of the female organ of a plant.  This transfer allows for fertilization, and the birth of new plants, and the continuation of a species.

Without pollinators, plants would face a big-time problem.  And that means other living things would face a big-time problem – for plants make possible a considerable percentage of the food we eat, whether it is plant life we eat directly, or the meat we eat that comes from animals who eat plant life for survival.

Therefore, major concern arose back in the winter of 2006-2007 when U.S. beekeepers started to notice a significant decrease in their honeybee hive populations – worker bees especially. Hives were left with a queen and plenty of honey, but not enough workers … conditions that put the future of the hive in jeopardy.

During this period, wild honeybee numbers were also falling.

Scientists and beekeepers determined that several factors contributed to the population decline. Chief among those factors were invasive pests, disease, pesticides, and a changing climate.

Colony collapse disorder was the name assigned the phenomenon of the tumbling honeybeenumbers.

At least in the U.S., colony collapse disorder continued for a few years.  Actually, if you click here you will be taken to Scientific American story, “Growth Industry: HoneybeeNumbers Expand Worldwide as U.S. Decline Continues,” published on May 18, 2009, and written by Katherine Harmon.

Things seemed dire.  But, alas, the sky has not continued to fall.

Actually, the sky is healthy … just fine.

Consider this excerpt from a Newsweek story, “Saving the Bees: Honeybee Populations on the Rise After Colony Collapse Disorder,” published on August 3, 2017:

“ … new data give some reason for optimism. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture released Tuesday, honeybee populations are on the rise. As of April, an estimated 2.89 million bee colonies existed across the U.S., an increase of 3 percent compared to April 2016.”

Please click here to be taken to the full story, which is written by Janice Williams.

Yes, good news.

And smart and considerate and consistent stewardship … and custodianship … of nature supports keeping the honeybee population healthy, and this directly supports and is integral to keeping Planet Earth healthy as well.

THE DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER, AND THE NIGHTS SHORTER. NICE TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE WELCOME IN 2018

ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

This past year — one in which we have celebrated our 10th anniversary — has been a wonderful year for ohDEER. We look forward with high enthusiasm and optimism to 2018.

Out of the ohDEER corporate office in Wayland, MA, we service Metropolitan Boston and Central Massachusetts.  Through our ohDEER franchise network, we service Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island, and Central New Jersey.

Fundamental to the ever growing need for the all-natural solutions and applications that ohDEER provides, is that people want to spend time outdoors and to be safe while doing so.  People also want their pets and livestock to be safe.

ohDEER keeps disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks off of your property — as we do deer which are hosts for disease-carrying ticks, and which are also inclined to bespoil landscapes through munching on plants and flowers and tree bark.

As is the case with ohDEER customers, we like the outdoors, we like nature.

Fittingly, in this space, we like to talk about the outdoors and nature, and not just in direct relation to deer, mosquitoes, ticks.  For example, please click here to be taken to a post, titled, “Even in Small Doses, the Outdoors Does Us Good,” which was published on this blog 11 months ago.

On the cusp of the new year, we feel compelled to cite and point to that we are now 10 days beyond the the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere — the hemisphere which is the sphere of the globe north of the Equator, and the sphere where ohDEER and its customers are located — with the winter solstice being the annual event that marks the shortest day, and longest night, of the year.   Depending on the year, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is on either December 20th, 21st, or 22nd.

Starting the next 24-hour period after the date of the winter solstice, each subsequent 24-hour period will be one in which the day is longer, and the night shorter, than the 24-hour period that had immediately preceded it.  This lengthening of days and shortening of nights will continue until the the summer solstice — the date on which falls the longest day and shortest night of the year — which in 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere is June 21st.  On other years, the summer solstice may fall on June 20th or 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere.

Annually, the winter solstice coincides with the start of winter, and the summer solstice with the start of summer.

Solstices and seasons are reversed from Northern Hemisphere to Southern Hemisphere.  On December 21,  summer commenced in the Southern Hemisphere, with the hemisphere experiencing its longest day and shortest night.

But, again, ohDEER is Northern Hemisphere territory, and we will focus on that things are heading in the right direction around here — with days getting longer, nights getting a shorter — steadily, and a little bit at a time.

Nice thoughts.  Positive thoughts.

And, while holding these thoughts, let’s all commit to making 2018 a great year, one full of happiness and accomplishment.

ohDEER Wishes All a Happy New Year!!

DRESSED UP FOR HALLOWEEN – AS A DEER, A TICK, OR A MOSQUITO. THOSE CHARACTERS ARE OUT THERE

Disney Bambi costume and toddler (image credit: Disney)

 

ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2017.

Our proprietary applications and solutions are a response the needs of people who want to protect themselves and their properties, and who want this protection not to involve harsh chemicals.

The ohDEER corporate office is located in Wayland, MA.  From this office we service the western suburbs of Boston and Boston itself.

We launched our franchise business only three years ago, and today there are seven ohDEER franchisee offices, with one office dedicated to one of the following areas: North of Boston, South of Boston, Central Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

It would have to be that ohDEER is well acquainted with the image and form of those creatures we are up against – yes, the deer, the mosquito, and the tick.

As for those images and forms of deer and mosquitoes and ticks, with this being the eve of Halloween we make mention that those images and forms are sometimes expressed as costumes.

Now, for sure, deer costumes are popular.  Particularly adorable are toddlers who get dressed up as the famed baby deer Bambi.  Of course people of all ages get dressed up as Bambi, and also as adult deer, both does and bucks.

Homemade “The Tick” costume (image credit: Costume-Works.com)

People get costumed as the superhero The Tick.  Please click here to be taken to a post published in this space last November 2nd which featured The Tick.

Mosquito costumes?  Are there such a thing?  You bet.  There doesn’t seem to be such a demand for them that there are many commercially produced mosquito themed attire.  There is though at least one company made mosquito costume – the stylish mosquito headpiece that Tentacle Studio handcrafts and fashions.

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A lot fun, Halloween.

Enjoy yourself, be safe – and be on the lookout for people costumed as deer, mosquitoes, and ticks.  They are out there.

Mosquito headpiece (Tentacle Studio)