Beekeepers save pesty urban beehives

July 13, 2009 6:01:35 AM PDT
A group of Pittsburgh-area beekeepers are creating a buzz by saving urban bee colonies that have become nuisances.

A recent save by Burgh Bees was in Braddock, a rundown steeltown about 8 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh. There, a beehive in a building had become a problem. So the group removed the hive, divided it into four separate colonies, three with new queens, and relocated them.

The bees must be moved several miles away or they will return to their original hive. So one colony has been relocated to a backyard in Aliquippa, another former steeltown some 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Honeybee populations have recently decreased, causing concern. The bees pollinate more than 100 U.S. crops, valued at an estimated $20 billion a year.

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