OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - A flyer circulating through the Elmwood Park Neighborhood is encouraging people to call the city and ask for crews spray Elmwood Park for dandelions.
That has some urban beekeepers concerned about the removal of pollinating plants which honey bees need to survive.
Omaha Parks and Recreation sprays the city's more than 250 parks once a year for weeds; to prevent them from taking over the turf.
The Mayor's Hotline has received at least 10 calls over two days with people voicing their thoughts about whether the parks should be sprayed to prevent weeds.
A flyer circulating around the Elmwood Park Neighborhood is prompting the calls.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office entomologist Jonathan Larson says that pollinating plants like dandelions - act as a food source for honey bees during the early spring.
"We know dandelions are food resources for 50 different pollinating insects that are part of our natural habitats," said Larson. "They're not the greatest food resource. It's like a McDonalds meal when you're driving around. It's not the most nutritious thing for them to eat but it is something that's available for them easily to find."
The UNL Extension office has a pollinator habitat program to encourage people in urban areas to plant gardens geared toward insect pollinators.
Pollinator gardens have at least three different types of pollinators, to bloom in as many seasons as possible.