FORT WORTH (June 17, 2013)-- North Texas bee removal specialists are reporting a sharp increase in calls for help this spring.
In fact a dispatcher for one such company told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram she’s getting as many as 150 calls a day while the owner of another says his four work crews have been "slammed" by requests.
Dr. Sonia Swiger of the Texas Agrilife Extension Service said the "swarm season" was extended this year because of a cool spring.
She said bees swarm when their hive becomes overcrowded and the queen bee takes her workers elsewhere.
The swarms typically won't hurt people as long as they're left alone.
Texas' summer heat is expected to tamp down the bees' movement.