Protecting Honey Bees

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- If it weren’t for the honey bee, you might not be eating dinner tonight.

From pollinating crops to providing products like honey and wax for candles, honey bees are an integral part of our ecosystem.

Alabama Master Beekeeper, Roslyn Horton, said we all need to work to protect the honey bee population.

So, if you ever see a bunch of them put down the swatter and pick up the phone.

“If you see a swarm landed on your meter box, on your bush, on your fence, hanging from the eves of your house, call a beekeeper,” Horton said.

“We would love to get them. Bees are expensive if you get them from a producer. So yes, call a beekeeper, but by all means don’t kill them,” Horton said.

Horton said there’s been an increase in beekeepers in recent years.

She adds that is promising because they will ensure the honey bee population continues to progress.

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