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Buzz off Branston bees! Residents’ plea to pests

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

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A SWARM of bees has been plaguing families living on a street in Branston.

Residents on Lansdowne Road claim the insects have been loitering around and causing problems for weeks, and they are concerned they could attack children playing out as the weather gets warmer.

It is not the first time the bees have been blamed for blighting the lives of families in the road, with several reports being made to pest controllers in the past.

Wayne Wilkes, who lives on Lansdowne Road with his partner and children, told the Mail: “We have concerns from a noise point of view. When you sit outside on a nice day, you get noise. Whatever they carry around you get dropped on you and the car gets filthy because of it.

“If you put washing out to dry, it gets covered.”

But these concerns are minor compared to the worry that the bees could strike at any moment, and injure a child.

“If something did happen to one of the children, it could be very nasty, because of the quantity of bees that are about.

“There are a lot of families with young children down the street, and we all socialise with each other, having water fights in the street.

“It makes you think twice about spending time outside, as the risk is always at the back of your mind,” said Mr Wilkes, whose two children are four and six.

Residents have said they believe they know who is responsible for the bees.

When the Mail contacted the owner, they said: “As far as we know, there is no problem with the bees at all.”

East Staffordshire Borough Council confirmed that pest control officers had formerly been to Lansdowne Road to investigate issues with the bees.

A council spokesman said: “The council can confirm that its environmental health department investigated at length a number of complaints regarding swarming and yellow spotting from bees in the Lansdowne Road area in 2012. While the council is sympathetic to the concerns raised by residents, it was concluded that environmental health had no legislative powers to take any enforcement action with respect to bee swarms or the yellow spotting.”

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