Why you should leave a spoonful of sugar in your garden in the hot weather

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Why you should leave a spoonful of sugar in your garden in the hot weather

It may sound strange but leaving a spoonful of sugar in the garden could do wonders for the environment.

Given the bad press sugar has had in recent years it sounds like rather a bizarre gesture. But there is one creature who will really thank you for it, the Mirror reports .

Whether you think they’re a nuisance or love them, the fact is we rely on bees a lot.

In fact, almost a third of the food we eat is pollinated by these insects who are responsible for feeding 90 percent of the world’s population. Remove them from the ecosystem, and we have a serious problem.

Unfortunately, that’s what we appear to be doing, as a combination of pesticides, urbanisation and climate change are causing bee numbers to drop dramatically.



bumblebee feeding on a flower

bumblebee feeding on a flower

“If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just 4 years left to live,” David Attenborough has said in the past.

Here’s where a spoonful of sugar comes in.

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“This time of year bees can often look like they are dying or dead, however, they’re far from it,” Attenborough said according to Country Living .

“Bees can become tired and they simply don’t have enough energy to return to the hive, which can often result in being swept away.



honey bee in flight gathers nectar from purple flowers

honey bee in flight gathers nectar from purple flowers

“If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee.

“Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach.”

The mix of water and sugar will rehydrate the tired bee and give them some much-needed energy.

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