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Agricultural Importance of Carpenter Bees Agricultural Importance of Carpenter Bees Rachael Winfree, an ecologist and pollination expert at Rutgers University who was a senior author of a paper published by the Royal Society stated, “Wild bees are often more effective pollinators than honeybees, but research has shown several species are in sharp decline.”

While an article found in the Green Blog from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources stated that about 15 percent of our agricultural industries’ value comes from native bees like the carpenter bees.

Carpenter bees are the only pollinator of Avocado and Lemon, and one of only two pollinators of Tomato, Eggplant, Pigeon Pea and Watermelon in the Virgin Islands according to the USDA.

Carpenter Bee Pollinator Chart

Yet we concentrate our thoughts and efforts on saving honeybees, overlooking the fact that they don’t fertilize everything.

Killing carpenter bees and other wild bees is destroying agricultural production and driving up food costs.

Because carpenter bees are important pollinators, many farmers encourage their presence promoting pollination and carpenter bee production by constructing bee blocks (artificial bee houses).

Carpenter Bee House By drilling various sized holes into blocks of wood (but not all the way through) and posting them near their gardens they will not only help improve pollination, but they will also help keep bees away from wood structures on your house.

Despite the farmers’ efforts widespread pesticide use and habitat destruction continue to impact the carpenter bees’ ability to provide pollination for our fruits, vegetables and native wildflowers.




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