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Oklahomans Divided On How To Handle Bees

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It's an effort to save the swarm. Bee numbers are down dramatically. It's an effort to save the swarm. Bee numbers are down dramatically.
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It's an effort to save the swarm. Bee numbers are down dramatically.

That's why so many people are trying to help the bee population, even if some neighbors would like to see them gone for good.

“I've been afraid to go into my home for three weeks now,” said Stillwater resident Jeronda Robinson, who has a bee hive right outside her apartment.

Robinson though doesn't want see the bees go belly up.

But that's what happened after her apartment complex hired a pest control company to spray the hive.

The Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association President Bill Armstrong though is trying to save the swarms.

6/10/15 Related Story: Swarm Of Bees Lands In Midwest City Family's Driveway

When he encountered thousands of honey bees huddled on Sunnylane Lane Wednesday, he was able to remove them by first relocating the queen.

“They will follow her,” says Armstrong.

Armstrong told News 9 the bee population is down 40% in the US and down 63% in Oklahoma.

Armstrong said increased use of insecticides is one of the reasons for dramatic drop in numbers.

He said hiring a beekeeper can also prevent future problems for homeowners who hire someone to spray the bees dead and not remove all they've built.

“You may end up with honey running down your wall. You may end up with mice, ants and roaches, all kinds of things that are going to smell that honey,” said Armstrong.

Less bees may be a good thing for Robinson right now, but she wishes her apartment complex had more insect insight.

“We need them. Most people know that, but obviously not,” says Robinson.

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