Beekeepers Save Bees From Swarming Local Homes

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

In recent years, the population of bees has decreased making some local homeowners happy, but causing other problems globally. Without their honey to pollinate plants, the produce we eat also becomes endangered.

Honey bees began swarming the Bryan-College Station area over the past two months. Some have even taken refuge in other people's homes.

Scott Lingren with Venus Pest Company believes the weather plays a pivotal role in their arrival. "So if you have a lot of flowers blooming, then they are able to get the nectar and reproduce better and have a better food supply," Lingren said.

Beekeepers say the honeybees existence is vital to the environment; in fact, they pollinate nearly 90 percent of all plant population. This year alone however, for unexplained reasons, the population has dropped 30 percent.

"We've had a big decline in bee population over the last few years," Lingren said.

The company is trying to preserve the species, so they work with local beekeepers to keep the population alive.

"Sixty to 70 percent of what you eat is pollinated by bees," local beekeeper Darrin Hill said. "Without bees, you will die, so that's why I tell everyone do not kill your bees off if you have them in your house. I am happy to get them out for you."

Hill said he is committed to help increase the bee population. On one house call, he said he discovered thousands of bees swarming under a College Station porch.

"Last year I got four calls," Hill said. "This year I am getting four calls a day."

After using a vacuum to help capture the bees, he transfers them to a non-threatening area so they can reproduce and pollinate different plants.

The beekeeper is hopeful that the honey bee population will fly up again, and in the meantime he'll continue capturing one bee at a time.

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