Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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