With spring in full bloom it’s not unusual to see honey bees busily visiting flowers in search of nectar and pollen, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says too much bee activity around your house could be a recipe for trouble.
"Swarming season is the natural division of the bee hive, or a colony of bees. Half of a colony will stay at the original spot, and a new queen would be there. The other half with the old queen will seek new territory, and they may go into your house."
Paul Jackson is the chief apiary inspector with Texas Agrilife Extension, and says that many people make the mistake of not doing anything when they see bee activity inside or under their homes or in their garages.
"You need to have them removed, because if you leave them alone, in about three or four months, it’s going to be a big nest, and you may have one hundred and fifty pounds of honey inside that house."
And in Texas, there’s always a chance you could be dealing with the more aggressive Africanized bees.
"That nest could be Africanized. When a swarm comes in, an Africanized swarm, it’s very gentle, extremely gentle, but four months later it’s a different ball game. They become highly aggressive because they’re in a massive brood rearing, and if you come close to that hive, or disturb it, then they will defend their hives , they will think you’re attacking it, and they will go out and sting you."
Getting rid of the bees is only half of the job.
"Now let’s say something kills the nest. You’ve still got the honey. Then you’re going to have ants and other insects come in, and go after the dead brood or after the nectar, or after the pollen."
Jackson suggests to insure the job is done properly and safely, you should have a professional do it.
"If you want to have them removed, call your exterminator."
I’m Joe Brown, taking a look at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.
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