MEANWHILE, Australian gardeners need to be careful what pesticides they are using.
Please be careful what you use on your fruit, vegetables and herbs. You may have heard a brand sold by Bunnings - Yates' Confidor Hose-On Lawn pesticide - carries the warning it ''will kill bees''.
A recent report in the UK Guardian said Europe will enforce the world's first continent-wide ban on widely used insecticides alleged to cause serious harm to bees, after a European commission vote on Monday.
The suspension is a landmark victory for millions of environmental campaigners, backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), concerned about a dramatic decline in the bee population. The vote also represents a serious setback for the chemical producers who make billions each year from the products and also UK ministers, who voted against the ban. Both had argued the ban would harm food production.