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Old Today, 04:05 AM
 
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Bee swarm season arrives with warmer weather

Beekeepers will remove bee swarms at no cost for homeowners across much of Colorado, including the Denver area.


https://www.9news.com/article/featur...e-c12adefe4ac6

"DENVER Bee swarm season is now, with reports of swarms at Denver area homes and businesses spiking over the last few days.

Gregg "The Bee Guru" McMahan says he's been busy taking calls to his swarm hotline (1-877-779-2337 or 1-877 SPY BEES).

"It always comes in waves," he said.

Springtime is typically when bee hives do a lot of reproducing and expanding to new locations, he said, and warmer weather tends to make bees more active, if not more aggressive.

McMahan is the owner of Rocky Mountain Bee Removal, Rescue and Education. He's also the swarm dispatcher for the Colorado State Beekeepers Association for Denver, Westminster and Arvada.

He takes calls for help and then assigns beekeepers in his network to each job. For homeowners, the work is typically free of charge."
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Old Today, 05:27 AM
 
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That's because those bees are worth $100 to $125 if he had to buy them for a new hive. So it is a win-win for all (home owner gets a nuisance removed, beekeeper gets free bees for a new hive). I used to have a couple of hives.
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Old Today, 06:33 AM
 
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That's good news. The only bee-related news that I've heard for the past few years is that they're dying off. Has that ended?
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Old Today, 08:53 AM
 
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That's good news. The only bee-related news that I've heard for the past few years is that they're dying off. Has that ended?
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Old Today, 10:48 AM
 
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Would bees survive in SLV area? Are there any beekepers there? Just out of curiosity.
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Old Today, 10:54 AM
 
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That's good news. The only bee-related news that I've heard for the past few years is that they're dying off. Has that ended?
Nope. We have pretty limited data because we didn't even think to study insect biomass decades ago, but every study done so far points to a dramatic collapse of insect populations (up to 90%) all over the world in the past 30 years. They're the main pollinators and a huge part of the food web in most ecosystems, including the ones our modern economies depend on.
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Old Today, 03:51 PM
 
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Would bees survive in SLV area? Are there any beekepers there? Just out of curiosity.
There are bees pretty much everywhere. Without them, fruit trees, flowers, etc., don't get pollinated.
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Would bees survive in SLV area? Are there any beekepers there? Just out of curiosity.

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