There is a bee problem worldwide. Pesticides, killing off their habitat, and general stupid behavior by humans are really causing havoc for bees. If you're like me, I don't want to see a bee because I'm scared that I'll get stung, but I would never kill a bee. They are necessary for pretty much all life on Earth. We need them to pollinate plants, and if they don't we could lose things like tequila, apples, coffee, and chocolate.

Do I have your attention?

Short of getting world leaders to completely change the way we deal with pesticides and development, it's unlikely you'll be able to make a huge difference in the habitat of bees. But you can do things like plant plants that bees like. Here in El Paso we have a pretty long growing season so you can plant things early in the spring and they'll last until well into the fall.

You can also reduce the use of pesticides in your yard. Here are some natural ways to deal with pests that can help reduce the danger to bees.

If you are a gardener, you can also do your part by planting things in your yard that attract bees. If you go overboard and need someone to deal with a hive that has gotten out of control, you can contact some local bee people who can help.

These are the plants that bees love:

Heliotrope
Lavender
Borage
Calendula
Sunflower
Aster
Snowdrop
Poppy
Sage
Sweet Alyssium
Buttercup
Geranium
Thyme
Fennel
Cilantro
Crocus
Hollyhock
Zinnia