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From remembering to
to making sure to
slap on plenty of sunscreen , Brits are given plenty advice on what to do in
drink lots of fluids .
But what may come across as one of the strangest tips and tricks to keep in mind during summer is to leave a spoonful of sugar mixed with water outside, preferably next to a bee that appears to not be moving.
As unusual as it might sound, considering sweet foods attract
would be incredibly appreciative of it.
flies and ants, these little fuzzy creatures
Any bees that look like they are dead or are simply stationary on the ground, are usually just tired and dehydrated because of the hot weather.
Leaving a spoon sugar water close to them will help rehydrate them and give them a boost of energy to fly back to its hive and carry on pollinating.
Bees play a huge part in our ecosystem (Nikk / Flickr Creative Commons)
No matter whether people love them or not, humans rely on bees a lot.
They are responsible for a significant chunk of the world's food supply; they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed as much as 90 per cent of the world.
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They important pollinators and play a huge part in our ecosystem, if they were to be removed there would be serious problems.
However, due to urbanisation, climate change and the use of pesticides, the number of bees is falling dramatically.
Bees that are stationary on the ground during hot weather aren't likely to be dead, but tired and dehydrated instead - sugar water can help with that (Samantha Celera / Flickr Creative Commons)
"If bees were to disappear from the face of the earth, humans would have just 4 years left to live," English broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has said in the past.
However, this is where leaving a spoonful of sugar mixed with water out in the back garden will help.
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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.
"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."
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