It’s a gardener’s dilemma: We want bees around to pollinate our tomatoes, squash and other veggies, but we don’t want a potentially aggressive colony nearby — and certainly not in our yard.

But that’s exactly where I found myself, just one day after blogging about my new backyard “bee bath” in "Give bees a chance."

And I'm not alone: I've seen lots of reports on Facebook lately about bees.

So if you see a big swarm in your neighborhood, don’t freak out. Chances are they are homeless bees on the move and won’t stick around for long.

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If it’s a colony that’s establishing itself where someone is likely to get stung, please call an experienced beekeeper like Roy Otterholt and have the bees removed alive. Extermination should be a last resort.

The Naked Honey Co.

  • 975-6119
  • Swarm removal: $50-75
  • Colony removal: Starting at $120