Sydney Suburb Council Under Fire For Poisoning 50,000 Bees

The council of Paddington are under fire from pest control in the Eastern Suburbs, local residents and beekeepers in the area after a local council operation led to the spraying of an urban beehive in the area, resulting in the poisoning and near death of around 50,000 bees.

The Urban Beehive’s Doug Pourdie explains the issue with the nest, saying that it was a notable European bee hive, and the poisoning put the lives of every single bee in it, which number at the tens of thousands, at risk.

He added that there are plenty of beekeeping or pest control in the Eastern Suburbs, who can handle the safe removal and relocation of beehives such as this, often for no charge at all, which is why he, and a lot of Paddington, find the council’s decision to spray it so baffling.

Mr. Purdie says that nests are removed if they are located in areas deemed dangerous for both people and the bees, like near preschools, for example. If the nest cannot be relocated, Mr. Purdie says, is the only time when the poison should be considered; it’s a last resort.

The nest in question was located on a tree in Glen Street, along a walkway surrounded by residential properties. The locals took notice of the poisoning, as it left thousands of dead bees covering the immediate vicinity.

One such resident is Heather Simington, who says that the Bpoisoning left so many dead bees in the area, that their remains created a coverage 3 centimetres deep, and half a metre wide beneath the tree.

The Woollahra Municipal Council said via a spokesperson that they contacted a pest control company to handle the nest after residents complained about it. They say that they initially attempted contacted a beekeeper, but received no response, which is why they called pest control. The spokesperson says that the council’s decision was based on their focus on ensuring the safety of the residents.

Ms. Simington, however, says that the residents were fine with the hive, which is why they’re angry about what happened to it. She says that there wasn’t really any danger, as the people knew of the hive, and the bees were used to the surroundings. Ms. Simington says that a lot of the locals enjoyed seeing the hive grow.