TURNING INTO A HIVE OF ACTIVITY
BEEKEEPING has become “very popular” in the last few years, suppliers say.
Hornsby Beekeeping Supplies opened a store in Mt Druitt about six years ago to keep up with demand from the greater west area.
Technical consultant Greg Deakin, who has studied bees since 1987, said gardening programs promoted beekeeping, which helped deal with issues bees faced mainly due to larvae.
“Larvae wipe the bees out in walls and trees, they chew through everything and leave a trail like a snail, and bees don’t like the smell of it and leave,” Mr Deakin said. “Not all swarms that come out of hives survive and people aren’t getting pollination of their vegie patches.
“Something like 70 per cent of our food is pollinated by insects ... about three-quarters of that is by honey bees.”
He said it was great to hear Carl Skinner had taken up beekeeping and said the people who did it had “a nice attitude” and could make a moderate impact on the decline of bees.