A swarm of bees in the San Antonio area’s backyard is not uncommon at this time of year
CIBOLO, Texas – It’s bee swarm season again in South Texas and a Cibolo resident discovered this first hand Thursday morning when a bee swarm appeared in her garden.
Teresa Jones spotted the swarm in her garden and told KSAT that she had never seen a bee swarm before.
“My poor canine gunner was terrified of going inside. I guess he maybe got stung, ”Jones said. “I went out to look for it and noticed it in the corner of my yard, so I had to wear it.”
Another bee swarm in the nearby town of Universal forced the closure of a popular playground and park earlier this week.
Swarming is the method bees use to reproduce, bee specialist Gary Rankin told KSAT.
Rankin has worked with bees for over four decades and is the owner of The Bee Place, an apiary in Somerset.
“Once a bee colony reaches the maximum capacity of a current living space (think: filling the cavity of a hollow in a tree with honeycombs and bees) and many resources are available , such as many food flowers in spring. , the colony receives signals from this growth state indicating that it is healthy enough to reproduce, ”Rankin said.
Jones said the bees were still in his garden late Thursday morning.
“Breeding swarms usually occur in the spring when forage is plentiful,” Fort Bend County AgriLife Extension Officer said Boone Holladay.
Last year, a swarm of bees showed up in the garden of a couple in Live Oak who found the swarm hanging from their birdbath.
“If the bees are grouped together on a structure, such as a tree branch, it is usually a resting swarm and not aggressive. If the bulk of the bees are not visible and only a few are seen entering and exiting through an opening, such as a crack in a wall or a hollow opening in a tree, then step back and know that they have take up residence in this space and will defend their homes and their young people just as we do with our own homes and loved ones, ”Rankin said.
If you think you see a bee swarm or beehive on your property, contact a local beekeeper to help you remove them and capture the swarms.
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