[singlepic id=297 w=320 h=240 float=left]Biosecurity surveillance has stepped up again around Innisfail following the recent detection of another nest of Asian honeybees outside the restricted area.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the nest was found inside a Besser block wall on a property in Flying Fish Point.

“The property owners became aware of a higher number of bees than usual around their property about three weeks ago, but could not locate any nest,” Mr Pitt said.

“When they found the entrance to the nest in the wall, they contacted Biosecurity Queensland and upon investigation it was confirmed the nest was Asian honeybees.

“Biosecurity Queensland officers destroyed the nest and have increased surveillance activity in the area to find out if there are any other nests nearby.

“I would like to thank the property owners for reporting the nest and the Innisfail community for its continued vigilance.

“Community vigilance and public reporting is an essential part of the Asian honeybee eradication program.

“I urge all residents in the Innisfail region to check their property for bee nests in unusual places.

“If people find a nest or see swarms of bees they must report them to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.”

Biosecurity Queensland’s Asian honeybee eradication coordinator Russell Gilmour said every report of suspect bees was investigated.

“People shouldn’t assume the swarm they see or the nest they find are European honeybees,” he said.

“Property owners should contact Biosecurity Queensland immediately to report any suspect bee swarms or nests.

“Biosecurity Queensland’s Asian honeybee teams are trained in beelining and other surveillance techniques.

“Our field assistants can quickly track down nests or swarms and confirm whether they are Asian honeybees,” he said.

For more information visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au  or follow on Twitter – @Biosecurityqld.

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