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 (http://bit.ly/zX41fQ) 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, http://www.azcentral.com

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