The Malta Independent 14 July 2020, Tuesday

Saving honey bees

Sunday, 12 April 2015, 08:28 Last update: about 6 years ago

There is a great decline in the number of honey bees all over the world. Here in the Maltese Islands we are making every effort to conserve the bee species in our country and we urge readers from around the world to do the same.

In springtime it is very common for bees to swarm in large numbers, and since so much of Malta is urbanised, some swarms may end up on private property. Although these swarms do not attack if unprovoked, many people spray them with chemicals and pesticides – or even burn the whole swarm – out of fear.

It is estimated that between 400,000 and 800,000 bees die every year in the Maltese Islands for this single reason alone and we urge people who find a swarm in their vicinity, or on their property to stay calm, make sure the bees are unprovoked and immediately call this number: 9969 0258. Professional beekeepers will come and capture the swarm of bees and redirect them back into the wild. This service is free of charge.

Visit Facebook page facebook.com/beesaversmalta and send us a private message. Feel free to subscribe to this page to learn more about bees and help to spread this awareness.

 

Antoine Galea

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