LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Spring is in full blooms, and that means bees are out.
What do you do when you have an unwanted hive near your home?
The Ag Extension Office says that several Honey Bee swarms have already been reported this year, and it’s just the start of the season.
Instead of finding a beekeeper who can help relocate the hive, a lot of people choose to poison the colonies.
Not only does this hurt the bee population, but it also affects how well crops grow, because bees are the main source of pollination.
“It may kill them, it may not,” says Jeff Woods, a beekeeper. “You might just damage them enough to keep them from being real big, but they can build back up. So, you really need a beekeeper to catch them, so they can get them all.”
Calling a beekeeper to catch a swarm is completely free and woods said there’s always a beekeeper available to help.
You can call your local Ag Extension Office to find a full list of beekeepers in your area.