Today’s Solutions: May 20, 2022

During election season, it’s completely normal to see front yards covered with campaign signs. But now that the election season is over, what should be done with all these political signs?

Rather than toss it in the trash, a beekeeper in Florida is asking people to donate them to help keep her honeybee hives warm. The beekeeper, Alma Johnson, said the signs are better than the corrugated plastic that she buys from Home Depot. Plus, using them for her beehives keeps the signs out of the landfill.

“These signs are the perfect size to keep bees warm, and ward off pests,” said Johnson.

To form the political signs into homes for bees, Johnson cuts the plastic signs into squares and seals the bottom on one side. The little corrugated holes are filled with oil and apple cider vinegar to act as a natural trap for pests that threaten the bees like hive killing beetles and mites, the beekeeper explained.

“They don’t care if it’s a Trump sign or a Biden sign. They hold no loyalty to any party,” she joked.

Johnson’s company, The Sarasota Honey Company, plans to distribute the campaign signs to other neighboring beekeepers to help keep their bees safe as well. Meanwhile, other bee farms in the Tampa Bay area are mimicking Johnson’s idea and collecting and distributing political signs through local beekeepers associations.

Perhaps your local beekeeper might appreciate them too!

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