Thursday 22 February 2018

Familiar buzz set to return soon

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE number of wasps and bumble bees buzzing around is far lower than usual after the cold winter killed many as they hibernated.

However, Philip McCabe, of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations, said they would recover. "In three or four weeks I'll be getting calls to come and destroy wasps' nests which I generally refuse to do," he said.

"They are nature's way of dealing with aphids."

Mr McCabe said queen wasps that would have found spots to hibernate inside would have survived better.

Jimmy Kearns, chair of the Irish Soft Fruit Growers' Association, said they had begun importing around 30 small hives of bees from a UK company to pollinate their crops.

Irish Independent

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