The past two mornings as I’ve taken Sophie out for her morning constitutional I’ve been delighted to see bees.
See, I’m worried about them. I have friends who raise bees, and I’m really worried. I’ve heard lots and lots about how the bees are disappearing, and folks don’t know why or they do know why and it’s not good news. I’ve seen the pictures of all the food we would NOT have if we didn’t have bees. It’s not a pretty picture.
So yes, I see bees dancing around in my front yard and I want to dance too.
I didn’t see them much as I walked on. I think that’s the case for two reasons–one, our grass hasn’t been cut as recently so it’s a couple of inches high and there’s something tiny flowering out there. Two, we don’t spray. For weeds or bugs or anything.
I’m so confused.
I see folks asking about spraying for mosquitoes or other insects. I pass folks’ yards on our walks with the signs in the front yard. The name of the company happily emblazoned in big bold letters and in tiny print “Insecticide applied–stay off grass.” Or “weed killer applied, keep off.” Oh me. True confession time: I am terrified to walk on their grass–even days later. When the children were very small I made them cross the streets to get away from the “sprayed” yards. And now, with Miss Sophie, I don’t let her near the sprayed yards either.
I was traumatized years ago by a large can of industrial strength insecticide used for cattle in the pastures. It helped keep the flies down. Only this was being used indoors, and…..I still shudder when I think about it. I can’t and don’t do bug sprays. That’s it.
We do have some all-natural sprays made with essential oils. And if the fact that the mosquitoes circling around on July 4th, big enough to tote off a cat or small dog, didn’t bite us once is any testimony, it’s good stuff. And it smells so good.
The word balance keeps coming to mind. And not because my Cousin and I were just speaking about it. I despise spiders. Actually I don’t despise them, I am terrified of them. When I was little, Mama read the book “Be Nice to Spiders” to me to show me they are our friends and we need them.
Spiders, flies, bats, frogs, rats, snakes, and so many more…..
all of them part of the balance…..
we need them all to be part of the world we live in.
They keep each other in check. Making sure nothing gets off-kilter, out of balance.
I’m no scientist. I don’t know a lot of the facts. I get that mosquitoes can make people sick. I get that the spray can take care of them, ridding the possibility of the disease. But what else are we opening ourselves up to when we open that Pandora’s box? It scares me so much that I’m pretty sure I’m not ready to find out.
I have no answers. So maybe I’ll just sit out on my porch and think on it awhile, as I listen to the bees buzzing or the frogs singing at night. If you don’t have the answers either and just want to sit too, come on up. I’ll be at the end of the street on the porch with the unmanicured yard and the bugs flying around. You can swat at ’em if you want or use some of my lemongrass spray. Because for now, that’s as hardcore as it’s going to get around here. My soul needs some balance and I’m thinking that keeping it in the nature around me is a good place to start.
Wishing you a place to sit and listen to nature’s symphony. Love and balance to all.
If you are interested in learning more about bees, here’s just one link among the many I found when I looked them up. http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/
I’m using a bug spray made by a local company that doesn’t have it on a website, but I have used this and it worked great too.
A couple of cool tips for caring for your plants naturally– http://www.9news.com/story/life/home-garden/proctors-tips/2014/07/10/proctor-keep-pests-away/12422437/
And finally this: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=125636 “Why We Need Insects, Including “Pesky” Ones”
Just a little food for thought.