Spring season is buzzing with bee swarms across the Tri-States

Spring season is buzzing with bee swarms across the Tri-States.

It's this time of year when Jared Moore's phone is buzzing with two to three calls a week.

He's been a beekeeper in Hannibal for the last five years and offers free bee removal across the Tri-States.

"This is a magical time of the year with bees because the bees made it out of the winter. They've built up over the last few months and now they're ready to swarm."

That means about half of the hive will leave with the old queen to look for a new home.

And while many people see these bugs as an unwanted nuisance - Jared says they're critical to our ecosystem.

"We here in the Tri-States are so agricultural dependent which means we need pollinators and we need honey bees."

That's why one man's pest is another man's pleasure.

"It's kind of a win-win, the beekeeper wins because he gets a new colony. The homeowner wins because they get rid of pests and what they may consider dangerous to their children."

The average bee colony consists of about 50,000 bees. This yard is home to nearly 300,000 honey bees.

Jared's ultimate goal is to help genetically colonize these bees that are acclimated to this environment.

"What I'm trying to do is collect swarms from local colonies, give them a place to flourish and be productive. That's all a beekeeper really does, is helps a bee colony flourish and if we get some honey out of it, that's even better."

Beekeepers remind homeowners not to try and remove bees themselves.

They recommend calling a professional beekeeper to safely remove them and give them a new home.

"It's just such a service to the bees to call a beekeeper and let them capture that swarm and give them a new hive to live in."
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