Bees swarm Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

If you think you've been seeing a lot more bees lately than usual, and the bees seem to be more aggressive, you're probably not imagining things.

"Bees are coming to the end of their cycle now," said Janice Chumley, integrated pest management technician for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Soldotna.

"The populations are high and the nectars are low, so they're becoming very aggressive. A lot of pollens are not available any longer, either," Chumley said.

The bad news is that that combination of factors makes humans an appetizing potential food source.

The good news, according to the extension agent, is the bee populations will drop drastically after the first frost.

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