WARM WEATHER WILL BRING OUT BEES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

WARM WEATHER WILL BRING OUT BEES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

As the weather warm, the desert and its creatures begin to change as they prepare for the summer heat. Joshua Tree National park Ranger Pam Tripp has tips on avoiding some of the more bothersome…
As the temperature rises and natural water sources dry up, many desert animals suffer from dehydration. Some creatures, such as the tortoise, will retreat to their underground home for a long siesta. Insects, however, including bees, require water and may become bothersome. While camping and picnicking in Joshua Tree National Park, keep food and liquids covered in sealable containers. Bees are attracted to campsites and dumpsters and even to the condensation of vehicle air conditioners. Visitors in campgrounds and picnic areas can reduce the threat of bee stings by not leaving soda cans and water bottles out to attract foraging bees. A small bowl of water set away from your campsite or picnic table can also distract them. Wildflowers rely on healthy pollinators and bees are part of the natural ecosystem, therefore hives are not typically removed. Please check at park visitor centers if you are sensitive to insect stings so you can be advised of risky areas. Call 760 367-5500 for additional information.

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