Letters to the Editor

Tymoshchuk letter: Honey bees

As honey bee swarm season has started, it’s vital the people are aware of swarms. The swarm season goes from May-July. It is estimated that one-third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees. We are local beekeepers from Treasure Valley hoping to rescue swarms and give them a good home so they can survive. Bee populations have been dwindling radically over the last few years.

Bees can also be a danger to some people that are allergic to them. That is why the public needs to be aware of swarms and know who to call. Pest controls can remove them, and killing them would deter bee populations. Swarms should be removed as soon as possible so they don’t cause a threat to residents. Spraying water or pesticides could enrage the bees; that is why it important that a local beekeeper is called to help and control the situation.

It’s crucial that experienced beekeepers remove swarms in order to preserve the bee colony/family. We will remove swarms voluntarily in the Treasure Valley and surrounding areas. We are Idaho Free Bee Rescue.

Yeliazar Tymoshchuk, Meridian