Broom bad for bees

I wonder what Audrey Cameron is talking about when she says bees need broom.

  • Mar. 5, 2013 6:00 a.m.

I wonder what Audrey Cameron is talking about when she says bees need broom.

We had four colonies of bees at home for years and, thank God, there was not a broom plant in Saskatchewan.

When I was a municipal weed inspector in Alberta, I dealt with very invasive weeds like Toad Flax (looks like Snap Dragon) and Common Tansy, which like to take over large areas of ground. However, I did not expect to ever see something as invasive as Scotch Broom.

Cameron should go to the recycling station and look up at the Highway 19 turn-off  No. 51 — it is solid broom because it has killed off everything else.

Then take a drive down Allsbrook Road when the stuff is in bloom; many people must roll up their car windows because of allergic reaction to the plant.

Please don’t criticize someone like Joanne Sales, who puts in so many volunteer hours of hard work to help keep control of some areas. Instead, get off your chair and help control some of the stuff in your area.

Ed Fergusson

Parksville