Spring has sprung and so has swarming season for bees


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA) — Spring showers bring May flowers, but in this case, the spring season is bringing bees.

Swarming season is a time when sometimes thousands of bees move together from one place to another and it’s already happening in Northwest Arkansas.

Monday, May 13, Asbell Elementary in Fayetteville had a swarm attach to one of its trees and called the Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers Association (NABA) to help move them.

NABA President Brad Keck said during this time, bees split their hive and search for the right spot to breed their species and find a new queen.

“What they’re looking for is a hole in a tree 35 feet up in the air facing south. If it happens to be the eaves of your house, then that’s even better because then they have central heat and air,” said Keck.

To make sure the bees don’t settle in your home, Keck said it’s a good idea to inspect both the southern and eastern parts of your house and make sure there are no holes in your eaves or walls.

If you do find a swarm turned infestation in your home, don’t assume they’ll go away or try to kill them yourself.

Keck said to call a local beekeeper and they will take care of it for you.

To find local beekeepers that will take care of a swarm for you, click here.

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