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Swarm season keeps Sherman beekeeper busy

SHERMAN -- A long winter means bees are just now beginning to swarm.

Jacqueline Blanton says she's been keeping an eye on the swarm building a hive near her Sherman apartment.

"If you would've went over there yesterday, you would've been scared," Blanton said.

Charles Adams with Adams Bee Removal was called to remove the hive. He runs the Sherman-based business that specializes in relocating live bees.

"This time of year, they're just swarming and they can just show up anywhere," Adams said.

Because of a sudden decline of honey-bee colonies, Adams says more people are asking for bees to be removed instead of exterminated.

"I have a pest control companies that put them down if they need to be put down but that's a very last resort," he said.

The process of removing bees begins with a vacuum designed to safely suck up the insects.

One by one, each bee is removed and each layer of comb is checked before Adams climbs a ladder to cut them down. At that point, he sees several bees climbing between the apartment paneling and decides to suit up to make sure the queen hasn't built a larger home inside the walls.

"It doesn't matter how many times you draw it tight and check everything, they will find a way to get underneath this," Adams said as he put on his suit.

After taking a peek inside the panels, Adams says there's no sign of another swarm. It's a relief for neighbors. "You did a good job," Blanton said.

But Adams says the queen will be back and he will, too. After all, it's the nature of the business.

Adams keeps the bees he catches and uses the honey the produce at home.