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Wildflower Bombs: Bringing Back The Bees (Video)

By Kate Horowitz | mental_floss

Bees are dying from insecticides on home garden plants and lawn

The bees could really use some help. In the last 10 years, a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has killed off huge numbers of honeybees around the world. It's normal for beekeepers to lose 10–15 percent of their hives each winter, but beginning in 2006, beekeepers started reporting losses of 30–90 percent. Scientists believe CCD may be caused by a combination of pesticides, parasites, and a decline in wildflowers as more and more land is developed. 

Related Article: Find Out How American Federal Court Deals Major Blow to Pesticide Industry in Attempt to Save the Bees.

This is where Seedles come in. Each “bomb” contains wildflower seeds packed in compost and brightly colored clay. “Planting” them is easy: You just throw them on the ground and wait for the rain, sun, and soil to do their work. The candy-colored seed bombs “practically grow themselves,” says the company's website. 

There are six varieties, one for each region of the country, so bee lovers can be sure to plant native flowers that will thrive in their area.

Related Article: Check out this modular BEEcosystem that will save the bees and bring humans closer to them.

Seedles are the brainchild of San Francisco's Ei Ei Khin and Chris Burley, a couple who initially hoped they could get people to plant a million flowers. They surpassed that number in 2014. In an email to mental_floss, Burley (now the company's “pollinator-in-chief”) said they've since set their sights higher: a billion flowers for the bees.

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  2.' Hagop Saricoban says:

    No meter what brings bees ,
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  4.' Joshuahn Jackstonburg says:

    The control-freak greedy-minded GMO companies ain’t gonna like that.

  5.' Luree Echols says:

    And DON’T buy anything that is planted in soil treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. HOME DEPOT carries these plants. The very plant you choose to draw bees may be the plant that kills them.

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