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State Sees Increase in Bee Population

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They show up at picnics and most other outdoor events uninvited. No, we're not talking about the neighbors but rather wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. And for many, it's beyond annoying.

Over the past two weeks, there has been a surge in demand for products that treat bees and wasps. And even those who work outdoors are having trouble controlling this problem.

There's a buzz around Bismarck, and it's not a good one. The bee and wasp population this season seems much bigger than usual, and hardware stores took notice to this trend.
 
"This year seems particularly bad, we've already sold 50 percent more than we did last year and we're kind of in the middle of the season," says Jeff Hinz, Ace Hardware.
     
Hinz says people started coming in for traps and chemicals about two weeks ago and that most hives are being found in the ground.

"They look for places to hide, a lot of holes in the ground, holes in trees, holes in house trim," says Hinz.

Homeowners aren't the only ones experiencing problems with these summer stingers. City workers are noticing the problem in parks.
     
"In the last few weeks, the number of wasp and bee complaints, yellow jackets we call them, have increased dramatically compared to earlier in the year and has probably been the highest level I have seen in my nearly 20 years in Bismarck, North Dakota," says Greg Smith, Bismarck Parks and Recreation.

Experts say that this year's unusual weather may be one reason why this seasons bee population is so large.
     
"I know it's a very unusual summer for Bismarck as far as when summer started and the amount of rain moisture we had previously this year then the lack of it throughout the bulk of the summer," says Smith.

The pests are expected to stick around until it gets too cold for them to survive the night. If you don't want to wait for those cold temps,  the best way to get rid of a hive is to wait until night, when they're all back in the nest and use a chemical treatment.

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