As the warmer weather approaches, Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus encourages residents with bee problems to call a beekeeper to safely remove honey bees from their property and save the important insects.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honey bee populations face increasing risks from parasites, disease, lack of adequate nutrition and pesticide exposure.
“As a beekeeper, I know that honey bees play an important role in our environment,” Neuhaus said. “Our food supply would be greatly diminished without the pollination work done by bees and I appreciate residents being sensitive to these insects. We all need to do whatever we can do to preserve and protect honey bees as we are all dependent on them and their role as the great pollinator.”
Residents dealing with honey bees can call 911 to receive information about beekeeper resources available in Orange County. The websites www.honeybees911.com and www.sebcbees.com also have a list of beekeepers in the County. A beekeeper can safely gather and transport the bees from the residence or business, often for free. Residents can also visit the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s website, www.cce.orangecounty.org, for more information about honey bees, beekeeping and beekeepers.