Phoenix beekeepers say swarms earlier than normal

Phoenix beekeepers say swarms earlier than normal

CREATED Mar 7, 2012

Web Producer: Alexandra Sutter

PHOENIX (AP) - Warmer weather, more plants and the lack of a hard freeze means swarms of bees are buzzing around the Phoenix area. Local beekeepers say business has increased by 30 to 40 percent.
Beekeeper Jerry Keele tells The Arizona Republic ( his company is receiving 50 to 60 calls a day from anxious homeowners who want bees removed as soon as possible.
Bee experts say people should leave bee swarms alone. Swarms often land on trees or the side of a fence but typically leave after a day or two as they look for a better place to build a hive.
Last Sunday, a swarm of bees halted a spring training game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants at Salt River Fields. The delay lasted 40 minutes.


Information from: The Arizona Republic,

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