More bees showing up in the Inland Northwest

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 8:06 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- If you noticed more bees buzzing around your property, there is a good reason.

Karla Decaro said the bees are not as scary as they look. Last May, a swarm of bees showed up on her property. She thought the bees had disappeared but they were back flying out of the barn of her Morgan Acres property in Northeast Spokane this year.

“Two queens developed in the hive and with the growing of eggs in the winter so there’s too many in the barn, so half of the hive leaves and splits,” said Decaro.

Decaro said the hive moved to a bush on the property of a house being built across the street. She then called Sweet-n-Rich Honey to help her.

Hyrum Rich and his mom Tina said they are like the 'Ghostbusters' of bee keeping. They said there are many reasons why more bees are showing up.

“One of the reasons is we’ve had a really mild winter and because of that there was a great survival of honey bees [with] a wet spring with abundant food, so they really blow out. The bees sense that it’s too crowded in the hive and they start raising a new queen because the old queen goes with the swarm,” said Tina Rich.

The Rich’s said for the most part honeybees are harmless. The watchdog bees will go to war only when bothered, they said.
 

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