Calls for Bee Removal Up in North Texas

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    Apparently, the buzz in the air is stronger than usual.

    North Texas bee removal specialists said they're getting a sharp increase in calls for help. A dispatcher for one company tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that she is getting up to 150 calls a day.

    The owner of another said his four work crews are "slammed" by requests.

    Dr. Sonia Swiger of the Texas Agrilife Extension Service said the "swarm season" was extended this year due to a cool spring. She said bees swarm when their hive becomes overcrowded and the queen bee takes her workers elsewhere.

    In late April, the Falterman family in Prosper found a swarm of bees that had suddenly taken up residence under their trampoline -- showing they could pop up in some unusual places.

    The swarms typically won't hurt people as long as they're left alone.

    Texas' summer heat is expected to tamp down the bees' movement.