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See a swarm of bees? Give a beekeeper a buzz

Posted: 9:31 PM, Apr 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-17 00:16:01-04
A change in seasons means warmer weather, Spring conditions, and blooming flowers, creating more work than ever for busy bees.
 
While hard at work, honey bees often look for new homes to call their own.
 
In the meantime, they create a temporary home called a swarm which can often be on a tree in your backyard. 
 
"They'll go in about a three-mile radius of where the swarm is and they'll look for a new home," said Mark Davis, owner of Treasure Valley Bee Rescue.
 
While your first instinct when you see a swarm might be to call an exterminator, think again. Davis said bees are extremely important to our way of life. 
 
"One out of every three bites of food that we eat, whether you are a meat eater or vegetarian, are directly pollinated by the honey bee," explained Davis.
 
While swarms can look very intimidating, Davis said the bees aren't there to harm you.
 
"The things not to do is throw things at the cluster,  or spray them with water or any type of pesticide. You never want to do that," said Davis.
 
If you choose to do nothing, the bees will usually move on within 24 hours which can sometimes create a problem for someone else.
 
"Those bees may find a home in somebody's old car or in their house," said Davis.
 
The better option is to give a beekeeper a buzz.
 
"You can call us or another beekeeper and we'll come out free of charge and get the bees," explained Davis.
 
Beekeepers will relocate the bees to a hive where they can continue to flourish in their lives and further enhance ours. 
 
"Honey bees are the heart of our civilization and so it's important that we take care of them," said Davis. 
 
For Treasure Valley Bee rescue contact information click here.