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    Destroying honey bee hives and taking the bees out with them will have detrimental effects on agriculture and life as we know it. As an Agriculture Education major, I understand the importance of keeping these bees alive. Honey bees play a very special role in our ecosystems, helping with the production of crops such as watermelon, squashes and almonds. It is why farmers and the broader agriculture industry work so hard to protect these pollinators (https://www.bayer.com/en/glyphosate-environment-biodiversity.aspx?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIn6bwh4vs4AIVSdbACh39wwOIEAAYASAAEgKtDvD_BwE). According to a 2017 article, bee populations began declining as a result of habitat loss, reduced food sources, exposure to pesticides and effects of climate change (https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/why-do-we-need-bees). In 2015 to 2016, there was a 44% loss in the US alone (https://www.livekindly.co/the-importance-of-bees/). The National Resources Defense Council stated that “The number of hives in the United States is now at its lowest point in the past 50 years” (https://www.livekindly.co/the-importance-of-bees/). This does not just include honey bees but other species as well. Without bees, the future of agriculture and life as we know it could change forever, and not for the better. I understand a lot of you think that the enquirer of the bee removal should just have them exterminated, and to just move on with her life. For example, Nancy Burleson, I understand your recommendation for a pest control company. However, like many of the other participants you fail to provide any information into regards as to why. I understand that these bees could potential be dangerous, and it may not be safe to remove them on one’s own. There is a website called Honeybee Swarm Removal (https://www.honeybeeswarmremoval.com/) that shows a map of the world and provides different companies that provide bee re-homing. This is a very useful resource considering we do not know where the enquirer is from, and this website could potentially be helpful to her. There was only one participant in this discussion forum who was totally opposed to using pest control methods. That participant was Susan Rudnicki. Susan, I completely agree with your position and I like how you added in your own personal experience in removing and re-homing bees safely and effectively. I believe saving and protecting these amazing creatures is very important to the stability of our future. Without bees, our food sources could potentially become scarce due to the lack of these food sources becoming pollinated. We cannot rely solely on pollination by wind because it is just not enough to produce enough food for our growing population.

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