However, it’s all well and good when the bees are buzzing around, doing their thing, but have you ever seen a tired, struggling or apparently dying or dead bee in your home or garden? When I’ve seen bees like this I’ve always assumed that they were dying or dead (ever the optimist!), but the other day my other half told me they’re not dying, just tired, and that you can actually revive these bees quickly and easily using only sugar and water.
It’s true, a simple solution of sugar and water helps revive exhausted bees. To create this energy drink for bees to revive tired bees, The RSPB suggests mixing two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and placing the mix on a plate or spoon. Do not add any more water otherwise the bee could drown. Place the bee on the plate or spoon, where it will have a little drink, hopefully helping it to gather the energy to fly back to its hive.
You can also add the same quantity of water and sugar to a small container, such as an egg cup, and leave it amongst a patch of flowers in your garden or window box so that bees can have a drink on the go before they get to the exhaustion stage.
Don’t be tempted to offer tired bees honey – in most cases, the honey isn’t suitable as a lot of honey is imported and may not always be right for native British bees. And only ever offer white granulated sugar – never offer demerara, or any artificial or diet sweeteners.
Thankfully I haven’t seen any tired bees since learning this useful tip to try it out, however knowing some very basic “thirst aid” (!) for bees can go a long way in helping out the bees rebuild their population sizes.