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Bees Continue To Swarm Into Backyards

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Bees continue to be a problem around the region. Bees continue to be a problem around the region.
NBCRightNow.com - Bees continue to be a problem around the region. Last week, some swarming bees killed a Pasco pooch. Over the weekend we had more reports of swarms of bees popping up in people's yards.

They are looking for new homes. Some of us might be afraid of bees. With many allergy sufferers out there, we tend to stay away from them. You can't help it when they come to you.

According to local honey beekeepers, right now it is fly or die for many hives. Warmer weather wakes up the buzzing bugs and increases populations. When a hive outgrows it's home a new queen bee is born. Beekeepers say the old queen takes about half of the hive and searches for a new place to grow. If you spot a swarm, beekeepers say they will gladly come and take those bees.

"One of our hives here we got just a couple weeks ago and that's how we got it. It was sitting in somebody's bush. We went out, transferred it into one of our boxes and now it's a productive hive for us," said Richard Carpenter, the Vice President of the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association

Beekeepers say bees will avoid you if you avoid them. Sometimes, like in the sad and rare case of Ziggy the little Chihuahua, the swarms will attack if they feel they need to.

If you spot a swarm and you would like it to be addressed you can call a beekeeper. The Mid-Columbia Beekeeper’s association has phone numbers for local beekeepers that will come to collect the swarms on their site here: http://www.tricitybees.com/swarms
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