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Bees and Beware?

A bee pollinating (c) 2018 Jose Lara

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Audio Transcript:Bill Kaufman Swarm Solutions

By Jose Lara SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – What can I do if I see a swarm of bees? Is swarm season upon us? Syracuse has a Beekeeper’s Club that can help anyone with a bee problem. The club started back in 2012 and is open to anyone interested in learning more about bees.

 

According to some beekeepers, there is no specific swarm season; swarms can happen anytime, especially if it is not raining. Bill Kaufman has been working with bees for 12 years, he helps with honey bee colony removal and relocation in Syracuse. He says that a bee swarm happens when the beehive is overcrowded, and the queen bee decides to start a new hive. “She leaves another queen egg for half of the hive to take care of and then she leaves the hive with the rest”. Kaufman noted that there were many swarms during the month of July but added that “there could be another swarm season coming up.”

 

Bees are really important for humans because they make honey, and especially because they help cross pollination by carrying flower pollen from one plant to another. However, many people are afraid of bees because they might get stung, and this can be very dangerous for people with allergies. This fear leads some people to want to get rid of hives that form nearby. They often spray the hives with poison, trying to kill them and putting themselves in danger of an attack in the process. Bees are most aggressive when protecting the hive. Even when people succeed, the hive is still there and that can cause other types of problems.

 

Kaufman had this advice to people with swarms near them: “Usually if it’s just a swarm and you see a big ball of bees just leave them alone and they’ll find a place and fly away. Also, you can call someone like me who would come pick them up and take them home and put them in a hive.”