Bees begin to swarm in Region 8

Bees begin to swarm in Region 8
(Source: Jamie Brooks)
(Source: Jamie Brooks)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As springtime comes in to Region 8, so do the bees.

Jamie Brooks was driving through her neighborhood when she saw a swarm of bees Wednesday at the corner of Ridgecrest and Glenwood.

Brooks said the swarm hovered over the area for a little while and eventually settled under a bush.

"I saw what I thought was Asian beetles," Brooks said. "I thought wow that is a lot of ladybugs, but it was bees, just hundreds of bees around this house."

The bees stayed under the bush in a large swarm until Thursday afternoon.

According to Archie Mason, who keeps bees as a hobby, the swarm was trying to find a new home.

Mason said this is a natural process for bees.

The queen bee will reproduce a new queen bee and then take the older bees with her to a new location.

The bees will swarm to a low-lying area, like a bush, and protect the queen bee while scouting bees find a new home.

"Usually a swarm will only stay there for hours or a day or two and then it is going to go somewhere for protection," Mason said.

When the scouting bees find a protective home in a high tree, or sometimes an attic, the entire swarm will move there.

Mason said from late March until early May people could see these swarms.

For Brooks, the swarm was scary since she is allergic to bees.

Mason said during the swarming time the bees are normally docile, but he still warns people to be careful around them, especially if you are allergic.

Mason said if you see a swarm like this, it is best to call a beekeeper that knows how to deal with the swarm.

He also asks people to not harm them because these bees help pollinate crops.

"They pollinate a lot of our crops so people don't need to try to kill that whole swarm," Mason said. "We do not realize what all bees do for pollination of our food."

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