Beekeepers and residents frustrated after council poisons up to 50,000 bees

Close shot of a  large beehive partially hidden by leaves.

Residents and beekeeping authorities are frustrated after a local council sprayed an urban beehive with poison, killing tens of thousands of bees, in the Sydney suburb of Paddington.

Key points:
Local resident found dead bees beneath hive, across road
Council says it called pest control after a resident complained about the hive
Council says it was focused on minimising harm and responding to residents’ requests
Doug Purdie from The Urban Beehive said it was quite a substantial hive and up to 50,000 European honey bees would have been killed in the process.

“There’s plenty of people who remove beehives so I’m not sure why the council felt the need to spray it,” he said.

Mr Purdie said local beekeeping authorities will often remove hives and relocate them for free.

“It’s just frustrating that they chose to poison it instead.” he said.

via Beekeepers and residents frustrated after council poisons up to 50,000 bees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)