With bee populations dropping off around the globe, many scientists are scrambling to find clues that will help them understand why this is occurring. The most recent discoveries lead scientists to believe that cell phone signals and other human-generated frequencies are to blame. Bees and many other creatures are able to survive solely because their senses are able to pick up things that the human body is unable to register. When you call someone from your cell phone, nearby bees will sense and react to the signal; the frequency causes the bees to behave erratically and emit their tell-tale buzzing sound.
This noise is used by bees, in regular circumstances, to warn other bees of danger, or to abandon the hive. However, due to the agitation caused by cell phone signals, this buzzing noise is louder and more hectic, causing the bees act with disregard for their instinctual protocol. The bees will then scatter from the hive, rather than move in a group like normal. At this point, all the work put into building the hive is wasted and as the queen dies, so does the hive and all of the bees that once lived there; individual bees do not survive well, unless they are scout bees living under normal conditions.
Cell phone and WiFi signals can even disrupt a bee hive that is outside the vicinity of cell towers and callers. When a bee goes out to scout for suitable hive locations, phone calls throw off its tracking mechanisms and the bee may never return to its hive to share the information it has found. This prevents new hives from being formed and compounds the issues caused by direct bee removal due to bees abandoning colonies that are located near heavy cell traffic. Many exterminators are seeing this as the golden goose of bee removal. However, scientists and environmentalists realize that there are far more dire implications for the planet. Cell phones are not going away anytime soon and if bees become extinct, our planet will see a worldwide catastrophe. Scientists and bee farmers are searching for a way to remedy the situation.
Possible solutions that have been presented thus far are far from perfect. According to an expert from a Miami Bee Removal company, one option is relocating bees and bee hives to more remote locations. Besides the inherent danger in relocation, this will heavily impact other plants and animals living within city limits; additionally, it does not solve the problem of the decreasing density of bee populations. Furthermore, it forces honey farmers to travel a greater distance to operate their business. Many people hope that techies at the big cell phone manufacturers can tinker with their product to produce a signal that does not interfere as much with bee communication. More revolutionary folks believe that this is a sign we need to cut back on our mass implementation of new technologies until their effect on the environment is studied more in depth. One thing is certain, bees are a crucial component of the ecosystem and we can’t afford to lose them.