Beekeepers: It's a busier swarm season than most

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Last week's heat provided a great springboard for bees. They've been out in swarms. And, beekeepers have been busy getting them off your yards.

That could be because it's swarm season. Where the queen bee goes, her drones will follow.

"You couldn't even hardly tell the individual bees apart from the distance," said Cortnee. "It was just a huge cluster."

Cortnee Leaming has never seen anything like it. She's lived in Selah for eleven years.

"It was about this long, this wide up on one of these branches," said Cortnee.

Cortnee's neighbor spotted a swarm in her elm tree. She got the swarm removed within 24 hours.

Beekeepers said there's no way to predict where bees will go. There isn't really a way to deter them.

"That is 100-percent nature. It's all natural," said Randon Hodges. "You cannot tell her where to go. She's gonna go where ever."

Beekeepers at Bees a Bunch said this swarm season has been busier than most because of the sudden hot weather. They pick up about four swarms a day.

Last year, they averaged calls for three swarms a day. Bees set up in trees, attics and chimneys. They're also usually harmless.

"I wouldn't go stick sticks in it or anything like that," said Randon. "You just leave it alone and it'll leave you alone."

Whether buzzing around Cortnee's yard or not, she said they've helped her flowers pollinate. Guests of nature she's also glad have moved away.

Swarm season typically runs from mid-April to the end of May.