Ask the editor: What should I do about getting rid of bees?

Q: I’ve seen exterminators spraying for bees in my area, and I’ve heard this is not the best way to get rid of bees. What should I do if there is a hive that is presenting a danger to my home or business?

A: While the cause is undetermined, it’s a sure thing that bees are somehow disappearing off the face of the planet. The reason for this phenomenon has been attributed to many things, from cell phone tower radiation to global warming to fungi. There is even an unverified quote from Albert Einstein floating around on the Internet: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left.”

Whatever the case, bees swarm seasonally, and it’s a chance for the population to grow — not be killed. Not to mention that the need for bees far outweighs the cautions. Bees pollinate and fertilize plants — and some sources say they are responsible for up to one third of the food we eat.

If you encounter a swarm or a honeycomb, opt for bee removal over extermination.

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