At­tack of the Asian bees

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE in the Dou­glas re­gion are warned to be on the look-out for Asian bees.

De­tec­tions out­side of Cairns in the past 18 months prompted Biose­cu­rity Queens­land to search fur­ther afield to search for Asian hon­ey­bee nests and swarms.

Field staff, in­ter­state vol­un­teers and odour de­tec­tion dog Zac had scoured In­n­is­fail, Ather­ton, Ma­reeba, Crater Lakes, Moss­man and Port Dou­glas ar­eas, in the search for nests and swarms.

Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’Brien said the main con­cern is the pos­si­bil­ity of nests de­vel­op­ing out­side of ur­banised ar­eas where swarms will not be eas­ily no­ticed.

“I am urg­ing peo­ple to keep an eye out for nests and swarms when out­doors work­ing, hik­ing, fish­ing, or just walk­ing the dog,” he said.

Asian hon­ey­bees are slightly smaller than the Euro­pean hon­ey­bee and its ab­domen has more dis­tinc­tive brown and yel­low stripes.

If you sus­pect an Asian hon­ey­bee nest or swarm in your lo­cal area, con­tact Biose­cu­rity Queens­land im­me­di­ately on 13 25 23 or visit www.biose­cu­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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