North Platte Man Finds Bee Swarm In His Yard: Experts Say There Aren't Enough

Photo Credit: Loren Bayne
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. For years, honey bees have been dying off at an alarming rate. The phenomenon is known as "Colony Collapse Disorder."

If it continues it could impact prices on some food you buy at the grocery store.

To help curb the problem experts in North Platte are educating people on how to make their landscape more bee friendly.

When Loren Bayne walked outside of his home on South Elm Street recently he saw bees, thousands of them hanging on a branch of his tree.

"I thought it was pretty cool because bees are supposed to be dying out everywhere, and this looked like a new swarm to me," said Bayne.

Bayne is right and it's known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

That's why UNL Extension Educator David Lott is helping people in North Platte understand why bees are so important to us.

"If the bee population went down it would greatly impact the price and availability of different types of foods," said Lott.

Bees pollinate the majority of our fruit and vegetable supply.

"There is a concern about not having enough pollen and nectar in the area throughout the United States to keep bees from starving," said Lott.

So why are the bees dying off?

Experts say they are still trying to determine that, but in the mean time Lott says he talks with many people about making their landscape more bee friendly.

"So they have a food source as well as bringing diversity into the landscape," said Lott.

Another initiative beekeepers and others are intentionally starting bee hives in different areas.

As for Bayne who woke up to a bee surprise, he says his swarm went away over night.

"The whole neighborhood was over here looking at it," said Bayne.

If you spot a swarm in your yard don't be so quick to pull out the poison. Instead call a beekeeper so they can relocate the bees!