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Here's why you shouldn't panic when you see a cluster of bees in Baltimore — and what you should do instead

Here's why you shouldn't panic when you see a cluster of bees in Baltimore — and what you should do instead

A swarm of bees can seem like a serious buzzkill in spring, but one local beekeeper says Baltimore residents should not panic when they see hundreds of pollinators cluster together outside of a hive.

Here’s a few things to know about why bees congregate on the sides of trees and buildings and ways to keep yourself and family safe:

Why do bees swarm?

Bees are biologically meant to swarm in large groups on surfaces outside of a hive about once a year, usually in the springtime, said Charles DeBarber, a self-taught beekeeper who works with the Filbert Street Garden.

Hives typically swarm in this manner because their...

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