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Letter: Fear not bee swarms

It’s spring, and that means it’s time for the bees to get busy and make more brood so they can have plenty of workers to gather all of the nectar that appears all around us. This also means swarms.

Regardless of what Hollywood would have you believe, swarms are when bees are at their most docile. You may hear them coming before you see them, as they are quite loud as they move across the landscape to look for a new home.

If you spot one around your house or around people, do not be alarmed; they are just moving through and will be gone quickly. They may alight upon a branch nearby and “hang out” till the scout bees find a proper home and then move on. Leave them be, they will not attack you unless provoked (just like most people) and are just wanting to find a new place to live.

As part of this process, the bees may decide that the eve of a house or outbuilding may be an appropriate place to move into. While they do no damage you probably don’t want bees in such close proximity.

If this is a major concern to you, feel free to call me and I’ll remove them for you.

Lastly, the single most important thing you can do to help the dwindling bee population is not to spray pesticides in and around your home or garden. Dandelions are the bees’ first real nectar and pollen source and are quite nutritious. They’ll be pretty hungry coming out of a long flowerless winter, so please leave those little dots of sunshine for the bees to get their first spring meal and put off the first mowing for a few weeks if possible.

May your summer be as bright as a jar of honey.

Mark Burrows

Carbondale