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Mr. Councell (ed. a fourth generation beekeeper and licensed bee remover.) said he noticed an increase in calls to vacant houses two years ago, and steadily more since then. “If that continues, then we’ve got a big problem,” he said.
Originally posted by thelibra
I'm pretty sure the bees just moved into abandoned/foreclosed houses.
I posted a separate thread on the issue because I felt it was important enough not to get lost in the shuffle. The bees didn't just "die off," and that was never the actual assertion anyway, they had "mysteriously vanished." Entire colonies were just vanishing from beefarms and trees.
Well, it stands to reason: bees like a secure, undisturbed, sheltered environment to build their hives. What better location than houses that were foreclosed on, abandoned, and have sat unoccupied for months or years? If you're a hive-mind, what makes more sense? A small wooden box that gets opened on a daily basis and your honey stolen? Or a large, abandoned house that no one enters or goes near?
There's no shortage of the empty houses. Further, the abandoned homes are nation-wide, and since this typically affects entire neighborhoods at a time, there wouldn't be many people around to notice the problem of a bee-infested empty house. It would also explain why bee bodies haven't been found in numbers equal to the disappearance.