Moving day for Denton County bees in spray zone

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

WESTLAKE — Wednesday was moving day for tens of thousands of honey bees.

Their home is in hives on rural land in Westlake. But that city and neighboring Southlake have opted to allow aerial spraying for the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus starting Thursday night.

Stan Key, president of Metro Beekeepers Association, has more than a dozen hives in the target area. He's moving the youngest colonies to Fort Worth.

The bees that stay behind in Denton County will be loosely covered with tarps.

Key said he's not aware of bees killed by mosquito spraying, but said he'd rather be safe than sorry.

Aerial spraying occurs at night, when bees are inactive, inside their hives.

Key says he'll definitely lose some bees in transport, but he calls it a sacrifice to insure survival of his colonies.

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