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Swarming Season has Midlands residents worried about bees buzzing around

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Mid-State Beekeepers Association President Tom Ballou explains that there are helping hands if you get in to trouble with bees. Mid-State Beekeepers Association President Tom Ballou explains that there are helping hands if you get in to trouble with bees.
Protection Equipment for local beekeepers for when they take care of the thousands of domesticated bees. Protection Equipment for local beekeepers for when they take care of the thousands of domesticated bees.

By: Jacob Isenberg

The weather is warming up and that means pollen is all around us.  Daily sneezing is expected, but that is not the worst of it.  The spring also means it is swarming season for honeybees.

During this time of the year they reproduce and a portion of the hive colony leaves to find a new one.  That could be anywhere which means they could end up in your backyard or your front porch.  But, that doesn't mean you should be afraid of the sting that might follow. 

Honeybees are actually the least likely to sting between yellow jackets, wasps, and other flying stingers floating around this time of year.  

"There's alot of flying stinging insects out there and the reality is the honeybee is not that common," said Tom Ballou President of the Mid-State Beekeepers Association.

Even if you do see a swarm of honeybees nesting in your front yard Ballou says that most honeybees aren't wild but owned by beekeepers.  If you do happen to see a swarm near you Ballou says to contact the local beekeeper association with your name and address, and they will take care of the rest.

 

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