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Honey Bees

Summary: Has a large dark cluster of buzzing honey bees suddenly appeared in a tree in your yard? Please, whatever you do, don't kill the honey bees! Honey bees are beneficial insects.

Spring is the time of year when trees, grass and flowers come alive. For the most part it is a wonderful time for Mother Nature to show her stuff. Trees blossom and the grass turns a beautiful deep green color that lawn enthusiasts endeavor to maintain throughout the year.

***image1***All that renewed plant growth requires pollination and that means honey bees are busy and on the move. It is the time of year when newly mated queen bees go in search of new nesting sites, too. The queens and a few thousand of her loyal subjects, called a swarm, strike out in search of new territories. Her accompanying troupe of workers are loaded down with food for the swarm and new colony.

Pest control professionals start getting calls when honey bee swarms land in mass on a nearby tree or under the eaves of your house. If you stay away from the swarm, they will not bother you and generally will leave for more permanent environs within a day or so. If you feel you must approach the swarm we strongly suggest wearing a certified beekeeper's suit.

Whatever you do, don't try to kill honey bees with insecticides. Not only is it extremely dangerous to do, but honey bee colonies are in serious decline in the United States caused by a mite that devastates the hive. Either wait the bees out until they relocate or call your local cooperative extension agent's office. They usually have a list of beekeepers who will gladly come remove the swarm for free.

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