There’s noth­ing sweet about swarms of feral bees

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - An­drew Har­ris, Al­bany

The news that feral bees have again swarmed at the Plaza should not be treated with any mirth in your re­port­ing.

These for­eign in­vaders steal nest­ing hol­lows from Aussie birds and mam­mals, spread dis­ease as they are scav­engers and most im­por­tantly, kill more peo­ple than sharks and snakes ev­ery year, not to men­tion the al­ler­gic re­ac­tions many peo­ple have to them from their stings.

Twenty-seven Aussies have died from these bees in the past few years with more than 14,000 hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions.

They are a pub­lic health haz­ard. And please don’t tell me we need them for pol­li­na­tion (al­though we may need them for a lux­ury item called honey). There are plenty of other pol­li­na­tors such as Aussie bees, moths, birds, but­ter­flies etc. I reckon even one death is too high a price to pay for honey.

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