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Bees Swarm Despite Low Numbers

This summer has been a-buzz with bees so far keeping beekeepers busy removing a couple big swarms. One was disposed of over the weekend in Fond du Lac and another one on Tuesday in Hortonville.

About 10,000 bees collected Monday from a swarm at a Hortonville dentist office. On Tuesday beekeeper Wayne Gerdts had to come back and remove about 5,000 more.

"Typically we don't have to come back twice, we usually get it once. But typically there's not this many bees either," Gerdts said.

Summertime is when bees are most prevalent but Gerdts says bees don't need to be removed in most circumstances because they usually look for a new resting spot within a few hours.

Even though bee swarms seem to be popping up all over, in reality their numbers are actually on a decline.

"Bees are under a threat for a number of reasons around the world. Some of the colonies are under threat due to habitat loss, there are a number of invasive mites that get into the colonies and kill the bees, and there are some pesticides that are accused of killing these bee colonies," said DNR Forest Health Specialist Bill McNee

McNee suggests calling beekeepers if a swarm is around for more than a couple of days, otherwise he says it should move on naturally.
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